The Punjab Fisheries Department is establishing four fish hatcheries in Multan division with an objective to promote protein-rich food in the region, said assistant director fisheries Ibrar Gujjar.
Talking to APP, he said the new fish hatcheries are being made, two in Khanewal, one each in Lodhran and Vehari.
Gujjar said that new fish hatcheries were being developed after recommendations from various MPAs of the region. South Punjab is rich in production of fish, he said, adding that about 80% of the fish was produced in Multan, Khanewal and Muzaffargarh.
Replying to a question about the fish consumption in the country, he said that per person consumption of fish in Pakistan was very low as an average of two kilogramme fish was consumed by every Pakistani in a year. However, at international level, the average stood nearly 25 kilogramme per year. The assistant director disclosed that there were already 12 fish hatcheries functional in the region and the new addition would be very much beneficial.
To another question, the assistant director said that the fish was produced at an area of nearly 50,000 acres in South Punjab. The fisheries department was providing every possible assistance for promotion of the fish.