Bait the Hook Well

A free eco­nomic zone de­signed for the de­vel­op­ment of fish cul­ture, “Baliq ish­lab chiqaru­vchi”, it­self the first in its kind in Uzbek­istan’s his­tory, is due to be set up in Kuyichirchik dis­trict of Tashkent re­gion.

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It is or­ga­nized on the prop­erty, land and wa­ter bod­ies granted to the dis­trict hokimiyat. The FEZ is des­ig­nated for 30 years with the pos­si­bil­ity of ex­ten­sion. Dur­ing the whole pe­riod of its ac­tiv­ity, spe­cial tax, cus­toms and cur­rency regimes will op­er­ate in the zone.

All en­ter­prises, de­pend­ing on the vol­ume of in­vest­ments, will be ex­empted for var­i­ous pe­ri­ods from pay­ment of land tax, profit tax, prop­erty tax of cor­po­rate en­ti­ties, tax for the im­prove­ment and de­vel­op­ment of so­cial in­fra­struc­ture, sin­gle tax pay­ment for mi­crofirms and small en­ter­prises, as well as manda­tory con­tri­bu­tions to tar­get state funds. They will also re­ceive a num­ber of cus­toms pref­er­ences.

Thus, for ex­am­ple, the source of in­vest­ments from $ 300,000 to $ 3 mil­lion will re­ceive ben­e­fits for three years, those de­vot­ing from $ 3 to $ 5 mil­lion are as­signed ad­van­tages for 5 years, and from $ 5 to $ 10 mil­lion – for 7 years, from $ 10 mil­lion and up – for 10 years.

One of the main goals sought from the FEZ is the cre­ation of breed­ing fish plant­ing ma­te­rial by ac­cli­mat­ing new and ap­proved fish species for fur­ther de­vel­op­ment of own pro­duc­tion, stock­ing of ar­ti­fi­cial reser­voirs and sup­ply­ing fish farms.

It will also es­tab­lish mod­ern fish pro­cess­ing com­plexes, make fish prod­ucts - canned goods, caviar, flour, del­i­ca­cies to meet the needs of the pop­u­la­tion and fit for sub­se­quent ex­ports to neigh­bor­ing coun­tries.

An­other track is the or­ga­ni­za­tion of a mod­ern in­cu­ba­tion shop for the pro­duc­tion of breed­ing fry, the in­crease in the pro­duc­tion of ju­ve­nile fish, the mod­ern­iza­tion and re­con­struc­tion of ex­ist­ing ponds for the cul­ti­va­tion of fish plant­ing ma­te­rial.

Worth re­mind­ing that about 85 thou­sand tons of fish were grown in Uzbek­istan last year. In to­tal there are over 3,600 fish farms in the coun­try, and the to­tal area of wa­ter bod­ies used for fos­ter­ing fish prod­ucts ex­ceeds 595,000 hectares.

At the same time, the share of fish in the to­tal con­sump­tion of the Uzbek pop­u­la­tion is ex­tremely low. For ex­am­ple, in Europe, ev­ery per­son eats 35-40 kg of fish a year on aver­age, in Uzbek­istan it does not ex­ceed 4 kg.

Ac­cord­ing to ex­perts, prob­lems arise mainly due to the in­ef­fi­cient use of wa­ter bod­ies, com­pa­nies prac­ti­cally do not im­ple­ment the lead­ing in­ter­na­tional ex­pe­ri­ence and new tech­nolo­gies in fish farm­ing.

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