KARACHI - The Provincial Government of Sindh is mulling to open fish hatcheries in all the districts of the province as people have shown their interest for making investment in fish farming. Minister for Fisheries Department Zahid Ali Bhurgari informed the Sindh Assembly during question-hour session on Thursday. Replying to the supplementary question of the provincial legislators, Minister said a huge area of about 0.8 million acres land had been converted in saline and it not able to cultivate for crops in various different districts of the province, so the people wanted to converted them fish farm there and approaching the fisheries department. He opined that fish farming has become more profitable than agriculture. To a question, Minister said the fish seeds of various species of fish such as Mori, Rohu, Gulfam, Thaila, Silver, Crap and Grass Crap were being produced at the government fish hatcheries located in Chilya-Thatta, Badin, Bubak-Jamshoro, Dokri-Larkana and Sukkur districts.At present, about 3200 fish farms are being run privately while some of them are bringing fish from Punjab due to shortage of the seed in Sindh, Minister said, adding that the government has desired to open fish hatcheries in all districts to fulfil the requirement of fish seeds. However, very thin attendance was witnessed during question hour session of the Sindh Assembly while members also asked humorous questions. Answering to a question Minister said the licensing system for inland fishing has been abolished while under new policy to provide benefit to the real fishermen community, the government plans to issue Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Fishermen Welfare Card to bona fide fishermen for which registration have been started. Fisheries Minister disclosed that the polluted water flowing in Kenjhar Lake which harming the fish in large scale. The Fisheries department has raised this with the concerned, Irrigation department of Sindh. Meanwhile, questions pertains to Wildlife Department were included in the agenda of the assembly but these could not be taken due to time of the question hour expired. Minister for Wildlife Dr. Daya Ram in his written answers said the illegal hunting of Deer is prohibited under the provision of Sindh Wildlife Protection Ordinance 1972 while High ups, bureaucrats, politicians and foreign immigrants are not exempted from restriction. To a question Minister informed that high ups, bureaucrats and politicians were not hunting Deer illegally, however, one foreign immigrant of Saudi Arabia Abdul Hameed Bin Muhammad had hunted 10 Deer illegally last year. The Department had lodged a case against him and imposed fine of Rs 0.1 million. Minister said the punishment on illegal hunting has been enhanced to imprisonment of 2 months or more than 12 months, and fine up to Rs0.2million. To another question Minister said that hunting schedule of game birds such as partridges, sandgrouse, quails and waterfowls is issued every year before hunting season. However, minister said the hunting permits are issued to those applicants who have valid arm licence and copy of CNIC against the hunting fees of Rs2,000. Wildlife Minister said that no body can use hawks for hawking and dogs for coursing game animals without getting licence in Sindh. But, Minister informed that at present, to use the hawks for hawking wild birds is banned under the policy of federal government. Wildlife Minister replying to a question said that the issuance of permits to foreign dignitaries for hunting of Houbara Bustard do not fall under the purviews of Sindh Wildlife Department while the Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued the permission to 14 foreign dignitaries from Arab countries during January to December last year 2008. According to detail last year the following Arab dignitaries were given hunting licence: Shaeikh Khalifa Bin Zayad Al-Nahyan President of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Abu Dhabi for four districts NawabShah, Ghotki, Sukkur and Sanghar, Sheikh Hamdan Bin Zayad Al-Nahyan Deputy Prime Minister and Minister UAE for three districts Dadu, Larkana and Khairpur and Sheikh Rashid Bin Khalifa Al-Maktoum member of ruling family of Dubai for three districts, Thatta, Badin and Malir Karachi, and other foreign dignitaries from Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Dubai and Qatar who got the permits for hunting in Sindh.