The USDA Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) recently heard the latest on how ASA WISHH’s FEEDing Pakistan project increased demand for U.S. soy at the same time it developed the aquaculture and soy-based feed industries in Pakistan. R.S.N. Janjua, PhD, has led WISHH’s FEEDing Pakistan project since USDA first supported it in 2011. On February 24, Janjua briefed 18 FAS representatives who gathered at USDA to learn about the success of the innovative project, which has triggered important long-term Pakistani investments in the feed and aquaculture sector. Pakistan–an Asian export market that WISHH graduated to U.S. Soybean Export Council management–imported 166,368 MT of whole soybeans in 2016. WISHH won continued USDA funding ($325,000) for 2017 to build on the landmark aquaculture feed project. FEEDing Pakistan’s demonstrations and training led two Pakistani companies to purchase and install extruders to make soy-based floating fish feed while numerous individual share building fish ponds. The private sector tilapia hatchery, opened with ASA/WISHH technical support, produced more than 2.5 million tilapia fry last year up from zero in 2011. Over the past year, FEEDing Pakistan trained over 1,000 people on the value of soy-based floating fish feed. As a result, multiple trainees have earned government leadership roles and private-sector jobs based on their expertise in Pakistan’s growing aquaculture industry.
USDA Foreign Agricultural Service staff listen to R.S.N. Janjua report on how ASA WISHH’s FEEDing Pakistan project has built demand for U.S. soy and led to growth in Pakistan’s soy-based feed and aquaculture industries.