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US Soy to Feed Fish in Pakistan Aquaculture Programme

12 January 2012

US and PAKISTAN - The American Soybean Association's (ASA) World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WISHH) programme and the Pakistan Fisheries Development Board have started the "FEEDing Pakistan" programme.

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) is supporting the three-year effort that will assist Pakistan in using US soybean meal to make high-protein fish feeds.

Pakistan has an extensive system of fish farming but no commercial fish feeds are produced in the country. Soy-based fish foods are expected to allow the fish to grow four to five times faster. With approximately 187 million people, Pakistan is the sixth most populous country in the world. Therefore, FEEDing Pakistan is key for better nutrition and economic growth.

"FEEDing Pakistan represents another milestone for WISHH," said WISHH Chairman David Iverson, an Astoria, S.D. soybean grower. "Our farmer-led 2011-2015 strategic planning identified aquaculture and livestock development as an important opportunity where WISHH can fulfill its mission.

"USDA’s support of FEEDing Pakistan is good news for US soybean farmers as well as Pakistan’s fish farmers and the many people there who seek higher-protein diets," Mr Iverson said.

FEEDING Pakistan is a $1.5-million USDA Foreign Agricultural Service initiative that will use 25 metric tons of US high-protein soybean meal for feeding trials in Pakistan. Other elements of the programme include:

  • Assessment of the Pakistani fish farming industry
  • Feeding trials to demonstrate the results of fish feed formulations
  • Cooperate 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.

"Fifty years of US soy market development have shown that helping people understand how to use soy for nutrition, both for human health as well as for aquaculture and livestock production, increases worldwide demand for US soy," said WISHH Executive Director Jim Hershey.

Since US soybean farmers founded WISHH in 2000, WISHH has worked in 24 countries to improve diets, as well as encouraged growth of food industries. The WISHH program is managed from ASA’s world headquarters in St. Louis. For more information, visit www.wishh.org.

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