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At 35% funding for aquaculture development will be increased

On November 6, the Committee on Natural Resources, Environmental Management and Ecology held parliamentary hearings on the topic: "Improving measures of state support for aquaculture in the Russian Federation", according to the website of the State Duma.

To date, the Russian Federation produces only 0,2% of world aquaculture production, despite the fact that the country has the world's largest water fund suitable for breeding fry.

Participants in the hearings cited several reasons for deterring the development of aquaculture in Russia: a lack of documents on the development of aquaculture; insufficiently effective government support for the industry; outdated production facilities; import dependence on aquaculture feeds.

Opening the hearings, Vladimir Kashin, Chairman of the Committee on Natural Resources and Environmental Management, noted: "To support the industry, not only government funding is needed, but also the active support of the scientific community." In his opinion, it is necessary to consult experts in the field of aquaculture from Norway and China, where the reproduction of aquatic biological resources is most developed.

Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Head of the Federal Agency for Fisheries Ilya Shestakov emphasized that the federal budget provides additional funds for the development of aquaculture - compared to last year, funding has been increased by 35%. “More than 2015 million rubles will be allocated for aquaculture in 400, nevertheless, the industry needs additional financing and government support in the form of subsidizing the loan rate,” I. Shestakov stressed. In addition, Shestakov believes that the rules of veterinary control in the field of aquaculture are outdated and need to be comprehensively revised.

The importance for the enterprises of the industry of state subsidizing of the interest rate of loans was noted in his speech by the General Director of OJSC Russian Sea - Aquaculture Yuri Kitashin.

In addition, participants in the hearings spoke about the problem of poaching. According to several participants in the hearings, poachers are often technically equipped with better law enforcement agencies, which allows criminals to escape responsibility.

Elmira Glubokovskaya, Chairperson of the Subcommittee on Aquatic Biological Resources of the Committee on Natural Resources and the Use of Natural Resources, spoke about upcoming legislative decisions. She said that now lawmakers are preparing amendments to the Tax Code, according to which aquaculture enterprises will be able to pay a single agricultural tax, regardless of the number of employees in an enterprise.

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