Iran to invite foreigners to invest in rainbow trout project
Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 21
By Khalid Karimov - Trend:
Iran plans to invite foreign investors to contribute in a project for protecting the rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss).
Deputy for Aquaculture of Iranian Fisheries Organization Hossein Ali Abdoulhay has said that in order to control the viral hemorrhagic septicemia (VHS) disease of the rainbow trout, the organization is planning to produce eyed trout eggs with the foreign investments, IRNA news agency reported Nov. 21
Viral hemorrhagic septicemia (VHS) is a deadly infectious fish disease caused by the Viral hemorrhagic septicemia virus.
Earlier in June Hassan Salehi, Iranian deputy agriculture minister said that the VHS-virus disease which was discovered in some Iranian trout farms is not harmful for human, so should not be considered as a limitation for Iran's trout exports.
Salehi said that Russia and Iran have signed an agreement on exporting 20,000 metric tons of seafood from Iran to Russia, including shrimp, trout, sprat as well as canned fish during the current Iranian fiscal year(started on March 21),
Russia banned imports of meat, fish, fruit and vegetables from the United States, the 28-nation European Union, Australia, Canada and Norway for one year at the start of August 2014, in retaliation for sanctions imposed over Russian aggression in eastern Ukraine.
Iran says the Russian tit-for-tat ban on food from the West has opened up new opportunities for its exporters.
Russia has reduced tariffs on imports of fishery products to 20 percent, which led to a surge in requests for importing Iranian seafood, Issa Golshahi, an official with the Iranian Fishery Organization said in May.
Golshahi forecasted that seafood exports to Russia would rise by 1.5 fold in the next Iranian fiscal year.