Fisheries Development Board?

Pakistan is endowed with vast aquatic resources as indicated below that include freshwater, brackish water and marine resources. These resources could be utilized for aquaculture development as long as economically efficient and environmentally sustainable. Despite of its endowment in natural resources, Pakistan ranks 28th amongst fishing nations in terms of production and 50th in terms of export earnings. Since 1998, overall fish production in Pakistan has been decreasing at the rate of 2% per annum, mainly due to decline in marine capture.

Area in Hectares Sindh Punjab Baluchistan KPK Total
Rivers / Streams 160,000 2,940,000 2,408 3,102,408
Canals & Drains 321,340 23,700 1,763 346,803
Lakes 110,000 6,700 4,047 6,362 127,109
Dams/Reservoirs 97,000 65,800 6,070 26,800 195,670
Waterlogged Areas 3,000,000 30,000 1,600 3,031,600
Deltaic Area 700,000 700,000
Flood Water Area 1,000,000 1,000,000
Fish Farms 49,170 10,400 100 560 60,230
Marine Waters (Km) 352 x 12 NM 768 x 12 NM 1120 x 12 NM

Over recent years, the fisheries and aquaculture sectors have been gaining an increasing importance in the development policies of the country. To address the impeding fisheries, development, the then Ministry of Food, Agriculture & Livestock in collaboration with the all stakeholders had prepared the National Fisheries Policy (NFP). During the consultation process with the stakeholders for the preparation of the policy, it was revealed that the country’s fisheries resources are not being exploited optimally. The policy greatly emphasized on the aquaculture and shrimp farming development in the country through establishment of model farms and markets. In light of NFP and dire need to promote and develop the most negligible sector of fisheries and aquaculture, Fisheries Development Board (FDB) was established in 2007.

FDB has been conceived to boost up the development of Fisheries sector with particular reference to provide and maintain a platform for enhancing and promoting fisheries sector in Pakistan. The platform of FDB enable the fishermen community, professionals and intermediaries to discuss issues of common interest, overcome problems through transfer of technology suitable to local environment, initiate development programs, promote regional and global integration and to undertake activities for the betterment of the whole sector.

The Board was established by the then Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock in August 2007 as a Nonprofit Organization (NPO) under Section-42 of the Companies Ordinance 1984. The Article of Association enforce to be governed by 15 Board of Directors comprising 6 members from public and 9 members from private sector.

Fisheries Development Board is set up to:

provide and maintain a platform for enhancing and promoting fisheries sector in Pakistan, where the participants, professional and intermediaries may discuss

issues of common interest, identify new solutions that enhance the efficiency of that sector, initiate development programs, promote regional and global

integration and to undertake activities in Pakistan and / or abroad for any or all of the purposes for which the FDB has been established and in pursuance of its objects, which are:

  • To plan, promote facilitate and coordinate with private sector for accelerated development of and investment in the fisheries sector in Pakistan,
  •  to promote and facilitate measures to improve the marketing of and also to promote and facilitate producer-owned and controlled organizations for fish, shrimps and marine food products within Pakistan and the export thereof, without indulging in such business,
  •  to promote, facilitate and support the development and dissemination of appropriate aquaculture technologies for smallholders in Pakistan, and to undertake capacity building of all stakeholders in the fisheries sector,
  •  to promote and facilitate methods for improved aquaculture in order to ensure and enhance human nutrition through the promotion of locally produced fish and shrimps products,
  • to promote aquaculture in Pakistan as primary vehicle for poverty alleviation amongst small and land-less farmers with special emphasis on the empowerment of women, and in doing so:
  • a. identify livelihood opportunities and thereby increase income levels through aquaculture activities, and
  • b. develop a support system for those engaged in aquaculture production, particularly small scale farmers in rural areas.
  •  to provide scholarships to students and professional trainees, including but not limited to the supply of books, stipends, medals, prizes, grants, awards, educational career support, educational loans and other incentives for purposes of the advancement of knowledge, education and literacy both within and outside Pakistan,
  •  to provide a platform for research and development relating to objects of the company and in this regard
  • a. make available key knowledge tools such as:

i. a well-equipped library

ii. database and electronic connectivity; and

iii. Website for research publications and interaction.

  • b. undertake steps for promotion of research such as:

i. define and support research

ii. encourage members to conduct research; and

iii. participate in regional and international research initiatives.

  • c. undertake any activity for development such as:

i. arrange funding for supporting research; and

ii. organize and set of a think tank related to the objects of the company.

  • d. provide a forum for participation of all concerned and to:

i. solicit view vis-à-vis the objects of the company; and

ii. enable discussion / dialogue for promoting quality research, and

  • to conduct, coordinate, facilitate and organize training courses and provide training tools, materials, methodologies and facilities and undertake development projects and training workshops for staff, associates, beneficiaries of member organizations and other deemed appropriate by the company but not to act as a degree awarding institute.
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