Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Fisheries Department failed to utilize a single rupee from the funds provided earlier. The funds allocated to the department were PKR 380 million.
It is to be notified here that PKR 111.334 million of the total amount was released earlier by the finance department.
According to resources, the department has postponed plans to increase trout fish production across the province despite the availability of funds.
As per the Finance Department documents, the provincial government has approved the Establishment of Trout fish Villages in Malakand and Hazara divisions at the cost of PKR 180 million, and PKR 114.6 million were released for the development of Cold Water Fisheries in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa under the Prime Minister Agriculture Emergency Program.
But none of the projects has been initiated by the fisheries department.
In addition to this for the promotion of trout fish farming in Northern areas the KP Finance Department had already released PKR 40 million but the fisheries department didn’t start project.
According to sources, several important projects have been made part of the annual development program to increase trout production in different districts of Malakand and Hazara divisions where cold water is available, but due to the incompetence of the fisheries department, no such project could be launched.
It’s believed that the cost of projects will increase with time. Sources state that on one hand, the department is unable to spend funds while on the other, the provincial government is trying to limit hatcheries to one district; and Swat, Dir, and Malakand which are suitable for the trout production have been ignored completely.
Earlier, the department had set up several hatcheries in Upper Swat to increase trout production but the recent floods destroyed most of them.