Kurdistan has hundreds of fish farms
Twelve new farms licensed in 2012
The latest report by the Fish Resources Directorate of the Kurdistan Region shows that a total of 305 fish farming projects are licensed throughout the region.
Director of Media at the Fish Resource Directorate, Dr. Azad Khoshnaw, revealed that in addition to the fully licensed fish farms, there are 29 new projects with initial licenses.
The report also highlights that the directorate has produced around 880 thousand of young (juvenile) fish and sold at a symbolic rate of IQD 25 (approximately US$ 0.02) per unit to the farmers. Khoshnaw also added that they have produced some 550 thousand juvenile fish in the Dokan farm during the past year, all of which have been distributed across 99 private fish farms.
“78 of the farms were in the Sulaimaniya Province, 13 farms were in Erbil and 8 were in the Garmian Administration,” Khoshnaw told the Globe. “Additionally, the Ainkawa farm produced 330 thousand juvenile fish that was distributed to over 155 projects in Erbil and 8 projects in Duhok.
Statistics at the Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) show that 750 tons of fish feed have been purchased during the last year on the operational budget of 2011. The feed was distributed over fish farms with a 50% equivalent subsidized price rate. In addition, another 262 thousand tons of feed were purchased with a budget of IQD 800 million (approximately US$ 660 thousand) from the 2012 operational budget for the same purpose.
A fish store selling fish on the main street of Dokan, northwest of Suleimaniya in this file photo of March 16, 2012.