RUSSIA - The Russian aquaculture sector is to receive a cash
injection of 260 million roubles up to 2017 to support scientific development.
The new money comes as part of a general reorganisation of
the aquaculture industry in Russia and follows a meeting of the Russian
government, ministry of agriculture and the fisheries’ agency Rosrybolovstvo
The reorganisation of the industry will see more powers
devolved to the regions and the inland water bodies.
The meeting heard that over the last two years the
fisheries’ agency has been overseeing the implementation of new laws for a new
legal framework for the sector.
The new powers cover the delimitation of aquaculture sites
and the organisation of auctions for the rights for hatchery sites as well as
monitoring the implementation of these agreements.
Rosrybolostvo said that this will allow the regions to
facilitate the development of aquaculture.
The new regulations also cover water licences and contracts
and land contracts.
The head of the fisheries’ agency, Ilya Shestakov, said that
many of the regions had not yet establish a regional aquaculture programme for
the development of marketable products and he called on them to speed up the
However, the regional authorities said that they had
encountered problems over the protection of property rights and the expansion
of the composition of species in aquaculture farms and well as the use of
intensive technology and concerns over the epizootic risks.
There were further concerns over the way the new regulations
were being implemented to integrate the water bodies into the programme and the
way state support for insurance and the expansion of work in the fields of
selection and breeding was being put in place
To ensure the new laws are implemented smoothly, the
ministry of agriculture and the fisheries’ agency said that the moves would be
supported by subsidised short-term and long-term loans – a move that had been
started in 2015.
"Today, companies are showing an active interest in
this state instrument.
“However, there are problems with the borrowing of funds.
Banks are reluctant to make loans to the sector,” said Mr Shestakov.
He said the lack of interest from the banks was because of
concern over a lack of activity in the sector and fears of poor returns.
He said that Rosrybolovstvo had held a number of meetings
with representatives of financial and credit institutions to develop more
flexible lending to commercial farms.
Already, this year eight projects worth 4.2 billion roubles
have been allocated subsidies of about 200 million roubles.
Mr Shestakov said that it was also necessary to look at
other ways of attracting new credit resources into the aquaculture sector.
He added that 260 million roubles will be made available to
the sector, 30 million or 13 per cent more than in 2015 to support the research
The fisheries’ agency is backing research across the
aquaculture sector and in fish feed production as well as providing scientific
support to new aquaculture projects
"The resumption of targeted funding in the field of
aquaculture research will create a qualitatively new scientific base to
sustained growth in the production of fishery products,” said Mr Shestakov.
“Today, we are working together with the industry and the
business community on the realisation trends and the expansion of research in