Allied Ventures Limited’s trout processing team at work. The factory is the first of its kind in Pakistan that meets the highest European standards.

AKDN / Ali Alvi

Dispatched from the fish farm in an icebox, the trout arrives at the factory, where it undergoes rigorous quality checks, including being blast frozen at a temperature of -35 degrees Celsius, before being packaged. This retains nutritional qualities and increases the shelf-life of the fish from seven months to an astounding 12 months. The trout are then dispatched down the country in refrigerated trucks with controlled temperatures of -18 degrees Celsius.

AVL successfully acquired three cold storage facilities to aid this new market, now located in Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi. The company ensures peak quality of the trout by keeping strict quality control in place at the factory and storage facility. Despite being established amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, all required standard operating procedures are followed throughout the process to ensure the good health and safety of workers and the customers

As a result, approximately 80 farms, close to AVL’s Trout Farm in Gilgit, benefit from aquaculture knowledge sharing and future demand creation for processed trout.

AVL sees other such success stories. By empowering farmers through agricultural assistance, AVL (and IPS, AKFED and AKDN) helps improve yields, provides enterprise development, employable skills, natural resource management and financial security – all the means for farmers to become self-reliant.