Kur­dis­tan has hun­dreds of fish farms

Twelve new farms li­censed in 2012

The Kurdish Globe - - NATIONAL -

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.

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