Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Oct. 24
By Diana Aliyeva– Trend:
At the end of 2016, fish harvest amounted to 7,500 tons in the Navoiy region of Uzbekistan, and it is planned to double this figure this year, a source in the regional branch of the country’s Ipoteka Bank said.
Some 4,000 tons of fish have been caught in the region since the beginning of the year, according to the source.
There are more than 200 fish farms in the region. In order to create new ones, 72 draft proposals have been developed this year. The regional branch of Ipoteka Bank allocated loans worth 2.314 billion soums ($286,750 as of Oct. 24) regarding 49 draft proposals. This will facilitate the growth of fish farming and open more than 150 new jobs, according to plans.
It is planned to allocate 1,218 hectares of natural and 231,200 hectares of artificial reservoirs for new fish farms, the source noted.
Also, a tender was held among 30 fish farms, and 27 initiators were allocated an average of 2,000 hectares in order to rationally use fish resources of the Aydar-Arnasay system of lakes, protect biodiversity and further develop fish farming in the Navoiy region.