Thar saline water being used for fish, agriculture production

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One hundred and eighty meter deep underground saline extracted water of Thar Coal Block II is being used for fish and agriculture production to bring more revolutionary changes in the desert of Thar .

A spokesman of Sindh Agro Coal Mining Company Irfan Jonejo told Radio Pakistan Hyderabad's correspondent Tariq Mehmood that the company became successful to cultivate bio-saline crops by underground water of Thar Coal Block II which was big achievement in the history of science.

He said that in 2nd phase of such experiments, company established some ponds for fish production and breeding which are filled with underground saline water of Thar Coal mining blocks.

He further told that experimental production of seven types of fishes has been started in these ponds. These types include Morakhhee,Rohu, Kuriro, Theli, Gulfam, African Catfish and Dhangri.

Replying to a question he said that this program will be extended on large scale after its successful results.

Replying to another question the spokesman said that after the succession of this experiment one lac seeds of fishes will be leave in Gorano Pond to enhance the fish production which is located some thirty-five kilometers away from Thar Coal Block II.

Giving further detail regarding fish production he said that this program was started last year on small ground and the survival rate of fishes was about ninety percent while two lac kilos of fish could be produced by the Gorano reservoir.

He said that it will not only lead to the production of fishes in Thar Desert on large scale but it will also provide employment to the local people and traders.

The spokesman further said that quality or TDS level of this underground saline water is near to five thousand PPM this is the reason that company also became successful to cultivate the crops in this area.

Radio Pakistan Hyderabad's correspondent Tariq Mehmood says that this is the first time in the history of Thar Desert that fish production has been started and the succession of such experiments and programs would accelerate the pace of development in this area.APP/AFP

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