May 06 2012
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Aquatic exports projected at $250m
Gholamreza Razeqi said that some 2 trillion rials ($200 million) in credit facilities were made available to the fishery sector in the past year, adding that the figure is expected to increase by 20 percent this year, Mehr News Agency reported on Saturday.
He also said that the government provided shrimp producers with a support package worth 1 trillion rails ($100 million).
The official added that fish and shrimp exports will increase by 20 percent in the current year.
About 4,000 tons of cultured shrimp, worth $17 million, were exported to UAE, Kuwait, Lebanon, Australia and a number of European countries including Spain, pointing out that coldwater fishes are expected to be exported to European countries in the current year, the official announced.
He said that Iran exported 500 kilograms of caviar in the past year, noting that thanks to the effective steps taken in this respect caviar production and exports will increase significantly in the current year.
Agricultural Jihad Minister Sadeq Khalilian said earlier that about 750,000 tons of aquatic products will be exported in the current year.
He said some one trillion rials ($100 million) in credit have been made available to indebted shrimp farmers.
Referring to the plan of the ministry to develop aquaculture industry, he said efforts are underway to implement the plan in a large number of fish farms.
Khalilian added that low interest loans are expected to be allocated to those involved in the industry.
The minister said implementing cage fishing projects and reviving shrimp culture farms are among other priorities of the ministry for the current year.
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