Department of Zoology GC Women University, Faisalabad has arranged a short course (2nd Batch) entitled Intensive Fish Culture: A step towards entrepreneurship. Prof. Dr. Robina Farooq, Vice Chancellor GC Women University Faisalabad as chief guest has Inaugurated the programme. Prof. Dr. Zill e Huma Nazli, Registrar GCWUF, Mrs Ghazala Suhail, Coordinator Science and Technology, GCWUF, Mrs Shabana Fakhar, Coordinator Linguistics also accompany her. Programe was started with recitation of Holy Quran and naat Rasool e Maqbool. In the welcome remarks Mrs Ghazala suhail, Coordinator Science and Technology, GCWUF said fish is the cheap and easily digestible animal protein, initially was obtained from natural sources. However, due to overexploitation, the availability of fish in natural sources has declined; forcing researchers to implement different methods to increase its production/yield. Fish culture under artificially controlled conditions has become the easier way of increasing the fish yield. This can only be possible through sustainable management practices without damage of environment. Rearing is not only concerned with the quantitative growth but also improving the quality. Therefore, it contributes to the production of proteins which provide serious addition to food especially in undeveloped countries.
Prof. Dr. Robina Farooq, Vice Chancellor GC Women University Faisalabad appreciated the activity and emphasis in her address to focus on the culture of oyster, shrimps, prawns and algae along with fish. She said algae have wide importance as protein source in food. She enlighten that the fish can accumulate toxicants in their adipose tissues so, for safe and happy life we must use healthy fish. She congratulated Mrs Ghazala Suhail Coordinator Science and Technology, GCWUF for conducting this course.
At the end, Dr. Safina Kousar, Assistant Professor Department of Zoology, GC Women University Faisalabad said that fish culture cannot only be done in the ponds, cages, enclosure and raceways etc but it can also be practiced in tanks at small scale just like kitchen gardening. She said we must promote backyard and rooftop fish culture as practiced in developed countries. She told that there are 02 million garden ponds in the UK. She also emphasized that we should live as a nation of fish keepers instead of fish hunters. And there is an opportunity for students to adopt fish farming as a hobby for healthy life style. Mrs Ghazala Suhail congratulated the instructors Dr. Safina Kousar and Dr. Faiza Ambreen, Assistant Professors Department of Zoology for conducting this activity.