2,000 fishing boats modified to enhance seafood exports

ISLAMABAD (APP): The government has ensured modification of 2,000 fishing boats to meet requirement of EU and other countries importing seafood from Pakistan.  Pursuant to requirement of EU and other importing countries on Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Points (HACCP), guidelines have also been prepared and distributed to 137 fish exporters/processors to ensure quality of seafood. Sources at Commerce Division while enumerating the steps taken by the government to enhance export of seafood products on Saturday said after a period of about six years, the EU allowed resumption of export of Fish & Fishery products from Pakistan to EU countries. It may be recalled that the fish processing plants were de-listed by EU. Two fish processing plants have been enlisted by EU and case of enlistment of five more processing plants is in process with EU. They said to meet requirement of EU and other importing countries, two laboratories (i.e. Microbiology & Chemical) have been accredited from Pakistan National Accreditation Council.     

The appropriate trainings and guidance of fishermen on different aspects have resulted in increase in seafood exports revenues which reached US $ 324 million during 2015-16.  Training of around 2,500 fishermen and fisheries related personnel on different aspects was arranged to bring high quality products which fetch higher price in market.

These trainings were aimed at reducing post-harvest losses on board fishing vessels and were imparted on hygiene, deckhand, navigational electronic equipment, HACCP, modern fishing techniques etc.

The sources said a model shrimp farm in District Thatta, Sindh has been established by Fisheries Development Board with funding from Export Development Fund (EDF) to enhance supply of raw material for seafood industry in Pakistan.

They said in order to enhance seafood exports and curb smuggling of seafood to Afghanistan and other countries from Peshawar, four new development projects are being implemented.

These included establishment of Regional Office and Testing Laboratory of Marine Fisheries Department at Peshawar, establishment of Regional Office & Testing laboratories of Marine Fisheries Department at Gwadar, upgradation and Accreditation of Quality Control Laboratories for Environmental Contamination and reactivation of Hatchery Complex for Production of Fish and Shrimp Seeds.

The sources said under Strategic Trade Policy Framework (STPF) 2015-18, matching grant of upto a maximum of Rs. 5 million for specified plant and machinery or specified items is provided to improve product design and encourage innovation in Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and export sectors of leather, pharmaceutical and fisheries.

The EDF Board also approved Rs. 96 million for establishment of Pen Feh farm of sea bass and groupers along coastal belt of Sindh.

 

 

 

 

2,000 fishing boats modified to enhance seafood exports

ISLAMABAD (APP): The government has ensured modification of 2,000 fishing boats to meet requirement of EU and other countries importing seafood from Pakistan.  Pursuant to requirement of EU and other importing countries on Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Points (HACCP), guidelines have also been prepared and distributed to 137 fish exporters/processors to ensure quality of seafood. Sources at Commerce Division while enumerating the steps taken by the government to enhance export of seafood products on Saturday said after a period of about six years, the EU allowed resumption of export of Fish & Fishery products from Pakistan to EU countries. It may be recalled that the fish processing plants were de-listed by EU. Two fish processing plants have been enlisted by EU and case of enlistment of five more processing plants is in process with EU. They said to meet requirement of EU and other importing countries, two laboratories (i.e. Microbiology & Chemical) have been accredited from Pakistan National Accreditation Council.     

The appropriate trainings and guidance of fishermen on different aspects have resulted in increase in seafood exports revenues which reached US $ 324 million during 2015-16.  Training of around 2,500 fishermen and fisheries related personnel on different aspects was arranged to bring high quality products which fetch higher price in market.

These trainings were aimed at reducing post-harvest losses on board fishing vessels and were imparted on hygiene, deckhand, navigational electronic equipment, HACCP, modern fishing techniques etc.

The sources said a model shrimp farm in District Thatta, Sindh has been established by Fisheries Development Board with funding from Export Development Fund (EDF) to enhance supply of raw material for seafood industry in Pakistan.

They said in order to enhance seafood exports and curb smuggling of seafood to Afghanistan and other countries from Peshawar, four new development projects are being implemented.

These included establishment of Regional Office and Testing Laboratory of Marine Fisheries Department at Peshawar, establishment of Regional Office & Testing laboratories of Marine Fisheries Department at Gwadar, upgradation and Accreditation of Quality Control Laboratories for Environmental Contamination and reactivation of Hatchery Complex for Production of Fish and Shrimp Seeds.

The sources said under Strategic Trade Policy Framework (STPF) 2015-18, matching grant of upto a maximum of Rs. 5 million for specified plant and machinery or specified items is provided to improve product design and encourage innovation in Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and export sectors of leather, pharmaceutical and fisheries.

The EDF Board also approved Rs. 96 million for establishment of Pen Feh farm of sea bass and groupers along coastal belt of Sindh.

 

 

 

 

99.6pc of 38,741 complaints of telecom consumers addressed: PTA

ISLAMABAD (APP): Pakistan Telecommunication Authority has 38,741 complaints from telecom consumers against different telecom operators and resolved 99.6pc of them it received during one year. These complaints were received against cellular operators, PTCL, Long Distance International (LDIs), Wireless Local Loop (WLL) operators and Internet Service providers (ISPs). In its annual report, PTA on Saturday said Cellular Mobile subscribers constitute major part of overall telecom subscriber base, therefore, maximum number of complaints belong to this segment. Total number of complaints against Mobile Operators during the period stood at 22,866. The Authority said unprecedented success of telecom services in the country has resulted into millions of subscribers using various services based on advanced technologies offered by a number of operators. More than 86pc of the population has access to telecom services now which is ample justification of the fact that telecom services are a major part of daily life of a common man.

Consequently, the number of service related complaints by telecom users also increased over time. In order to make sure that telecom consumers get the best possible customer PTA established a special Department called Consumer Protection Directorate which looks after consumer complaints, submits summarized complaints information to the Authority and also liaises with operators for better handling of consumer complaints.

Dedicated Online Complaint Management System has also been installed at PTA which collects complaints from the telecom consumers through PTA's website, landline, fax, email and letters. Complainant is kept informed through auto generated email notification to the email address of the complainant taken at the time of lodging of complaint through PTA's website.

PTA has a prescribed time limit of 15 days for redressal of received complaints. The trend of complaints is also taken into account.

The structure of telecom sector of Pakistan is dominated by the cellular mobile services and Fixed Line Services. In the same way, more than 99% of the complaints are related to cellular mobile and fixed line segment i.e. PTCL.

In the cellular mobile segment, the misuse of service and illegal practice are common types of complaints that are received by the Authority whereas faulty telephone lines and billing issues are the major areas of concern for PTCL.

 

 

 

 

 

CDNS collects Rs 52 billion by Oct 13

 

ISLAMABAD (APP): The Central Directorate of National Savings (CDNS) collected Rs 52 billion set for the financial year 2016-17 by October 13, this year. The target for the year 2016-17 was set at Rs 228 billion as the Directorate was able to achieve the target of Rs 218 billion for the previous fiscal year,said a senior CDNS official, talking to APP here on Saturday. The Central Directorate of National Savings (CDNS) has notified upward revision in the profit rates for various saving certificates which has been applicable from October 03, 2016. "The instant revision was made in the backdrop of current market scenario and in accordance with the government's policy to provide market based competitive rate of return to the investors of National Savings",he said. He said as per notification issued by the federal government,the new rates for Defense Savings Certificate, Special Saving Certificate, Regular Income Certificate, Savings Accounts, have been revised upward at an average of 7.44 percent,5.8 percent, 6.36 percent and 3.90 percent respectively.

The official said the profit rate of return for specialized Savings Schemes like Bahbood Savings Certificates and Pensioners' Benefit Account has also been revised up and fixed at 9.36 percent in order to provide safety net to specialized segments of the society.

He said that the proposal to launch registered prize bonds which offer coupons as well as prizes is also under consideration.