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November 2013

Donors contribute $ 2.3 million for the revival of fishing industry

Source: The Times of Central Asia, 18.11.2013

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has allocated to Kyrgyzstan $ 2.3 million grant for the revival of the fishery. This money will allow a three-year program to increase the volume of the catch of fish from 295 tons to more than 2 tons, the director of the Department of Fisheries of the Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation Samarbek Kuchukov said today.

According to him, the allocated funds will be spent on improving the technical condition of the seven state-owned fish farms - one in each region of the country. Purchase and upgrade technical equipment will be carried out within three years.

As a result, in 2016 the volume of fish catch will be increased to a value of more than 2 tons, according to the official.

In 2012 the volume of production across the country amounted to only 295 tons. This year, the department expects to increase catches of up to 600 tons.

The basis of the country's fisheries are fisheries waters , which include Lake Issyk-Kul , Son-Kul , Kara-Suu, large reservoirs - Toktogul , Bazar-Kurgan , Ortho-Tokoy and Kirov, as well as more than a thousand acres of ponds .

With the planned economy fishery was one of the highly developed and profitable sectors of the economy. In 1991, the catch of fish and fish production amounted to more than a thousand tons, including a pond.

In all regions of the country fish factory and fish farms functioned. The difficult economic situation of the country in the initial stage of transition to a market economy had an impact on the fishing industry. After the abolition of the coordinating body of Fisheries fish catch reduced.

Currently, for the reproduction of fish stocks and productivity of artificial reservoirs Department of Fisheries is working on contract for the rental of reservoirs. Beginning in 2006, is working to attract domestic and foreign investors.