2-day UVAS International Fisheries Symposium & Expo begins
Use technology to increase fish production, scientists urged
LAHORE (08-02-17): Two-day 6th International Fisheries Symposium & Expo 2017 titled “Innovative and Sustainable Aquaculture for Blue Revolution” arranged by University of Veterinary & Animal Sciences (UVAS) Lahore began at a local hotel on Wednesday.
Punjab Livestock and Dairy Development Minister Asif Saeed Manais and Minister for Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries Punjab Mian Yawar Zaman co-chaired the inaugural session of the symposium and inaugurated the expo which attracted large numbers of fishery experts, researchers, academicians from across the world. UVAS Vice-Chancellor Meritorious Prof Dr Talat Naseer Pasha, President World Aquaculture Society-Asia Pacific Chapter Dr Endhay Kontara, Chairman Pakistan Council for Science and Technology Prof Dr Anwarul Hassan Gillani, President Pakistan Fishery Society Dr Muhammad Ayub, Dean Faculty of Fisheries & Wildlife Prof Dr Muhammd Ashraf, Organizing Secretary Dr Noor Khan and renowned fisheries & aquaculture experts from 16 countries, including America, Cananda, Mexico, the UK, Croatia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Belgium, Thailand, Kyrgyzstan, etc, were present. The UVAS has the collaboration of Higher Education Commission, Pakistan Fisheries Society, Department of Fisheries Punjab and Economic Cooperation Organisation in organising the symposium.
Presenting the welcome address, Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Talat Naseer Pasha spoke about the academics, research, development, extension programmes and community services of the university. He said that UVAS is swiftly achieving the milestones of need-based multi-level education and developing talent development institution by using its knowledge, resources and skills for growth of human resources. He said the UVAS has been recognized as a hub of professional advancement in wide-ranging areas including veterinary & animal sciences, animal production & technology, biotechnology, microbiology, pharmaceutical sciences, food and nutrition sciences, environmental sciences, economics & business management. He said that currently UVAS scientists/faculty members are executing 87 research projects of about Rs 900 million. He said that fish is considered as best source of animal protein, however our per capita fish consumption is currently very low, which is around 2kg, against the world average of about 20 kg. “There is a need to increase awareness about the benefits of fish as food to increase its consumption in Pakistan,” he added. He said that in two days deliberations, more than 60 presentations would be made in technical sessions while 17 stalls have been established by the allied entrepreneurs in expo.
Speaking on the occasion, Livestock Minister Asif Saeed Manains called for increase in fish production by using latest technology. He said that all stakeholders, including UVAS and Pakistan Fisheries Society, should work hard for introduction of new technologies to increase per capita fish consumption and exports. He said that there a great potential for growth in fisheries sector by introducing new technologies.
Minister for Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries Punjab Mian Yawar Zaman spoke about various steps taken by the government for promotion of fisheries sector, including provision of soft loans to fish farmers. He stressed the need for coherent optimal fish farming to increase fish production. He asked symposium participants to come up with viable suggestions for sustainable aquaculture in the country. He said that although fish farming is a recent phenomenon in our country yet its contribution to national economy is encouraging which needs to be further enhanced. Various sessions on fish feeding, management, fish diseases and health management, fish pond and hatchery management, fish harvesting and post-harvest technology, research planning, data acquisition analysis & interpretation, fish physiology, breeding & genetics and poster competitions will feature the two-day event.