Following several steps to support the fishing industry, over 3,000 hectares of artificial lakes were created in 2016 for around 900 new businesses to set up their fishing operations.
Ipoteka Bank offered its support in 116 billion soums in loans.
Nearly 76,000 tonnes of fish were produced in 2016 — 16,000 tonnes more than in 2015.
They are some shortcomings, however, including weak fish seeds production and inefficient use of water reservoirs, which lead to a below-the-world-average output of 2 tonnes per hectare.
Having pointed out the weaknesses during his visit to Djizzak on 27 April, President Shavkat Mirziyoyev signed the Resolution ‘On Measures for Fishing Industry Management Improvement’.
The Resolution sets up Uzbekbaliqsanoat, an association including 13 territorial Baliqsanoat units.
The association has been tasked with structuring the production chain, renovating fish seed manufacturing, rationalising water reservoir use, and introducing new reasonable technologies and practices in fishing.
The Scientific Pisciculture Development Station has been reordered into the Scientific Pisciculture Institute with offices in the Aydar-Arnasay Lake System and other regions.
The co-financing of projects will be effected through Ipoteka Bank’s investment campaign, which will make up at least 51% of territorial Baliqsanoat units’ authorised capital.
In bids to promote the funding of scientific surveys, new practice studies, and technology innovation, the Association will have the Pisciculture Development Fund.
Uzbekbaliqsanoat, Baliqsanoat, and their members will receive tax exemptions until 1 January 2023.
The moneys saved will be channelled to supporting fishing organisations and strengthening the resource base.
The resolution provides for an action plan to boost fishing seeds production, introduce new fishing practices, and boost output.
Such species as catfish, trout, tilapia, Hungarian carp, and sturgeon will be bred.
Meeting these targets will require developing an action plan for efficient use of opportunities in the Aydar-Arnasay lake system, introducing cage fishing, strengthening the resource base, and reorienting professional colleges.
It will also require a new fishing faculty at the Tashkent Agricultural University and the study of international experience in this area.
Once taken, these steps will help create a single management system, create new jobs, boost fish production, satisfy people’s demand for fishing product, and bolster export potential.
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