Prime Minister Imran Khan has launched empowerment programme for fishermen under Kamyab Jawan Program, to innovate the fisheries sector to make it more profitable.

Under the new initiative, soft loans will be provided to the fishermen under Kamyab Jawan Program.

In this regard, a MoU has also been signed between the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and private banks of Pakistan. Under the MoU, four private banks would provide easy loans to the fishermen to enable them to purchase the latest equipment like boats, onshore freezers and others for value addition in their business besides achieving self-dependence.

The premier, while addressing the launching ceremony in Islamabad said that Pakistan has great potential in fisheries, tourism and agriculture sectors.

He said, “Pakistan’s coast line and rivers can be used for cage-fisheries to improve lives of the fishermen. He said this will also help improve nutrition and protein level of our people”.

The Prime Minister advised the banks to train their staff to deal with the small lenders and to expedite the loan process.

He regretted that the fisheries sector was neglected by the previous governments, adding that the MoU was in light of the PTI’s struggle which was going to complete its 25 years on upcoming Sunday.

Attending the event were the Minister for Maritime Affairs Ali Haider Zaidi, Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain, SAPM Usman Dar and senior management of the four private banks.

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