How One WISHH Project Resulted in 100-200% Fish Growth: FEEDing Pakistan
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) funds the effort that supports the Pakistani government priority to reduce the “protein gap” and meet the protein needs of the population of 187 million people.
With support from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and in collaboration with Kansas State University, the American Soybean Association’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (ASA/WISHH) program launched “FEEDing Pakistan” in 2011. ASA/WISHH has been implementing the multi-faceted “FEEDing Pakistan” aquaculture project in Pakistan over the past three years. The Kansas Soybean Commission has also supported WISHH’s work in Pakistan.
Another aspect and success of the project was the development of a comprehensive resource for Pakistan’s fish farmers and the entire aquaculture industry–the “Aquaculture Handbook: Fish Farming and Nutrition in Pakistan”. The Handbook contains 12 chapters on the entire farm-to-consumer aquaculture value chain. Lead Editor was Kevin Fitzsimmons, Ph.D., past president of the World Aquaculture Society. Co-Editor was R.S.N. Janjua, Ph.D. Local Lead Author was Muhammad Ashraf, Ph.D., Dean, Faculty of Fisheries and Wildlife, University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Pattoki Campus, Punjab-Pakistan.
To view the online version of the handbook, click on the links below (due to large file size, the Handbook has been broken down into chapters for your convenience):
- Table of Contents
- Preface, Chapters 1-2
- Chapters 3-4
- Chapters 5-6
- Chapters 7-8
- Chapters 9-11
- Chapter 12, Conclusion
ASA/WISHH has implemented activities that highlight the value of using U.S. soybean meal to make high-protein fish feeds. Other elements of the project have included:
- As assessment of the Pakistani fish farming industry
- Feeding trials to demonstrate the results of fish feed formulations
- Cooperation with Kansas State University in training courses on fish feed manufacturing and best management as well as technical assistance to industry stakeholders, such as feed manufacturers and farmers
- Cooperation with a local feed miller on the installation and use of a new extruder to produce floating fish feed with U.S. Soybean meal
- Participation in various exhibits used to share the value of soybean meal inclusion in fish feed formulations and the results of feeding trials
- Doubled the weight of traditional Pakistani tilapia fish harvests, averaging 600 grams per fish
- Produced the first-ever high protein floating fish feed in Pakistan–improving aquaculture sector outputs
- Conducted feeding trials with Pakistani fish farmers, utilizing fish feed made with U.S. soybean meal, which resulted in larger tilapia and increased farmer income
- Co-hosted training courses for Pakistani fish farmers, processors and government officials at Kansas State University, further educating stakeholders on the benefits of soy utilization in the aquaculture sector
- Tawakkal, the first private sector tilapia hatchery in Pakistan developed with instrumental help from the FEEDing Pakistan project, has seen tremendous growth and success. Visit their Facebook page to learn more about their story. (*Note: by clicking the link, you will be leaving the WISHH website)
Have questions regarding the FEEDing Pakistan Project? Contact:
- R.S.N. Janjua, ASA/WISHH Pakistan Country Representative: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Liz Hare, ASA/WISHH Program Manager, Latin America & Pakistan: email@example.com
*To view the video above in Urdu, click HERE.