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Fisheries special economic zone in Thatta, Sindh, Pakistan by MAZHAR BUTT May 20,2012   |  Source: Dawn

The decision of the government of the Sindh province of Pakistan to invite foreign investment for the development of a 20,000-acre Fisheries Special Economic Zone in Thatta is obviously in the interest of fisheries.

But it is doubtful that the decision will successfully be able to win the support of foreign investors given the existing law and order situation in the country.

As for employing locals in due projects, it may not be possible for foreign investors to retain them at the helm of affairs as none of the local fishermen are qualified or have adequate experience in the subject. Moreover, shrimp farming/fish farming, though quite successful in some parts of the country, involves its own risks which are too heavy to be left to laymen.

Mirpur Sakro has already seen the demise of at least two large fish and prawn culture prawns, one of the said projects was launched by a multinational but failed to survive due to many problems, including social problem.

Apart from water shortage, salinity, heavy duty on the import of shrimp larvae and fries from Thailand, etc, high mortality rate of shrimp, high cost of infrastructure, operation and maintenance, lack of access to the farms during the rainy monsoon season, security, risk from rodents and predators, pilferage played

 

© 2012 DAWN.COM

Theme(s): Fisheries Development and Aquaculture.

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