Contact No:



Sindh, Balochistan and Punjab


Ministry of National Food Security and Research.
Forest, Wildlife & Fisheries Department, Govt. of Punjab.
Livestock and Fisheries Department, Govt. of Sindh.
Department of Coastal Development and Fisheries, Govt. of Baluchistan.


Fisheries Development Board
Department of Fisheries, Punjab
Department of Fisheries, Sindh
Department of Fisheries, Baluchistan


Rs. 4965.50 Million


  • Optimal Utilization of natural water resources.
  • Upscaling cage culture technology across Pakistan.
  • Livelihood and job creation for rural people.
  • Increase per capita fish consumption
  • Export earnings from cage aquaculture.

Federal Component:

    • PIU established, ADs, AAO, FROs, OAs Hired
    • Necessary procurements are completed, Office Supplies, Furniture, Stationery.
    • One model cage farm of 10 cages units established, 10 units of marine cages procured for installation, expert to come from China.

Punjab Component:

      • PIU established and PD hired.
      • 1-month training to potential farmers imparted in Nov and Dec 2019.
      • Selection of farmers for support for the establishment of 500 cage units completed.
      • Tenders for cages awarded.

Balochistan Component:

        • No allocation from ADP Baluchistan for 2019-20

Sindh Component:

      • Sindh isn’t yet part of the project.
  • Reduce the undesirable impact of cotton production on eThe immediate returns of the project will be in the form of capacity building, infrastructure development, awareness raising and production of raw material for export promotion.
    The project will provide technical support and incentives to private sector fish farmers to establish cage farming large public water bodies to generate new livelihood activities and fish meat for better nutrition of the local people.
  • Improve livelihoods and economic development in cotton producing areas.
  • Improve flow of Better Cotton throughout the supply chain.
  • Ensure the credibility and sustainability of the “Better Cotton”.
  • Integrated Pest Management approaches will be advocated through awareness by appropriate methods of “Better Cotton” production, which can minimize the harmful impact of crop protection practices. IPM will help the growers to incur less cost on hazardous pesticides and it will also help in decreasing the environmental pollution and health hazards on human beings and livestock in the country.
  • Judicious use of water for cotton will be achieved through improved awareness of farmers and demonstrated optimized use of irrigation water for better cotton production and care for the availability of water.
  • Depletion of soil fertility is a major restraint in higher crop production in Pakistan. The inadequate and imbalance use of chemical fertilizers is resulting in stagnant or even low crop yields in Pakistan as compared to other developed countries. High costs and inability to farmers to apply costly fertilizers inputs at critical crop growth stage further limit cotton productivity thus aggravating the economic condition of farmers. In consideration of continuous population increase, health hazards, poor food quality and high-quality requirements for exportable commodities (like cotton) to compete in the global market, due emphasis on increasing soil fertility is a necessity. Through the awareness “Better Cotton” is produced by farmers by taking into account soil health.
  • Conservation of natural habitats approach help in “Better Cotton” production by farmers in the farm field. i.e., rats, birds, ants, wasps and other predatory insects is a cotton grower’s natural workforce against pests that attack cotton plants.
  • “Better Cotton” is produced by farmers who care for and preserve the quality of the fibrei.e. length, uniformity, strength, fineness and maturity which provide better returns to growers and opens more market opportunities for premium fabrics. These studies enhance cotton fibre quality for a sustainable and competitive Pakistan industry. Awareness about management consideration to preserve fibre quality and moisture management at the gin time and proper storage etc will help in the production of quality fibre in Pakistan. These technologies also help us understand the relationship between cotton fibre properties and textile value chain.
  • Awareness will be given to the cotton growers for promotion of decent work in Pakistan, i.e. status of women and wages, child labor, health and safety issues. This will emphasize to overcome considerable challenges in implementing improved working conditions among small holding farmers in Pakistan for production of better cotton.


Date of approval with Forum (ECNEC) 29-8-2019
Original date Revised Date, if any All subsequent Revisions if any
29-8-2019 N/A N/A
Financial Arrangement ADP/PSDP
Donor (if any)along with a share of foreign aid in the cost N/A
Actual Date of Commencement December 13, 2019
Completion Date (as per PC-I) June,2024
Likely Completion Date June,2024
Reason of Time and Cost Overrun N/A
Specific decision/ recommendation made during previous quarterly reviews of PSDP 2019-20 NIL
PMES system updated on (please specify date) 18-01-2021
Financial progress
a) Expenditure up to June 2020 Federal: 38.603
Punjab: 0
b) %age Financial progress to-Date 14.7%
Physical completion (in %age terms) 6.1%
Allocation 2020-21 Rupee Foreign loan(if any)
Federal: 150 (Million) Nil
Releases 2020-21 Rupee Foreign Loan(if any)
Federal: 30 (Million)
Punjab: 123 (Million)
Expenditure/Utilization 2020-21 (July-Sept 2020) Rupee Foreign loan(if any)
Federal: 3.6(Million)
Punjab: 72.265 (Million)
Bottlenecks/Issues impeding progress on the project (if any) The Project is planned to establish one model cage farm in Marine water for which site has been selected but NOC from Navy is required to install fish cage in the sea. FDB has approach the Pakistan Navy through Ministry NFSR for issuance of NOC but it is still pending.
Latest implementation status of the decision/recommendation NIL