ISLAMABAD: Sale of fish has increased manifold in twin cities with the advent of winter season and Khanpur Dam is the major source of fish for residents. With this rising demand, more and more people are coming into fish farming in almost all four provinces. However, experts have laid down certain conditions for proper fish farming including soil quality, water availability, topographic characteristics of land and proper drainage channel. They said government should patronise this industry as it can play a major role in increasing GDP. Fish farming is not very expensive business to begin with and on average the initial capital required for this business is not more than a Rs100,000 per acre. “If government declare this industry as tax free, Pakistan can generate a lot of revenue from this sector,” said an expert.
Published in The Express Tribune, December 11th, 2014.