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PM Imran Khan launches fishermen empowerment programme

It will be held at the PM office at 4pm

SAMAA | - Posted: Apr 22, 2021 | Last Updated: 3 weeks ago
Posted: Apr 22, 2021 | Last Updated: 3 weeks ago
PM Imran Khan launches fishermen empowerment programme

Photo: Imran Khan/Facebook

Prime Minister Imran Khan launched on Thursday a programme to empower fishermen across Pakistan.

It will help provide soft loans to fisherfolk under the Kamyab Jawan Programme.

Pakistan has great potential in fisheries, tourism and agriculture sectors, PM Khan said at the launch. He said the country’s coastline and rivers could be used to improve lives of fishermen, besides improving nutrition and protein levels of people.

The prime minister urged banks to train their staff to deal with small borrowers and expedite the lending process.

On the occasion, the Ministry of Maritime Affairs signed memorandums of understanding with four banks to provide soft loans to fishermen under the Kamyab Jawan Progamme.

These affordable loans will help empower and equip seafarers and the fishing community, according to Maritime Affairs Minister Ali Haider Zaidi. They will be provided with better boats, fishing nets, and other equipment.

Special Assistant to PM on Youth Affairs Usman Dar said the programme will boost growth in the fisheries sector and make it profitable.

The project is an important step towards becoming a major stakeholder in the blue economy, he said, adding that the fisheries sector has been neglected by the past governments.

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