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Russia will develop a program for the development of the fisheries complex up to 2030 - Shestakov

Within the framework of the International Conference on Aquaculture, which started on October 8, 2014 at the agro-industrial exhibition "Golden Autumn", the main approaches to the formation of the Program for the development of the fishery complex of the Russian Federation until 2030 were presented, the press service of the Federal Agency for Fishery said.

Opening the conference, Deputy Minister of Agriculture of the Russian Federation - Head of the Federal Agency for Fisheries Ilya Shestakov noted that aquaculture in the world is rapidly developing and its share is approaching 50% of the global fish market. Russia, possessing the enormous potential of water bodies, is still far behind the world level of aquaculture development. The contribution of its products to the food market of the country amounts to only 3-4% and in recent decades its volume does not exceed 130-150 thousand tons per year.

At the same time, one of the main advantages of aquaculture production is that it can be delivered to the consumer even in live form, and when cooled, at any time of the year.

“According to expert estimates of specialists, the volume of fish and seafood grown in freshwater and marine coastal areas of our country can reach 1 million tons,” said Ilya Shestakov. “Commercial aquaculture as an industry has been neglected for a long time and is now only at the very beginning of its development.”

In 2014, the Federal Law "On Aquaculture ..." came into force, various measures of state support were developed, namely, subsidizing short-term and investment loans in this area. If this mechanism is supported, then there will be a serious help for business.

“But I would like to start our today's conversation with a more general and extremely important issue - the issue of competently forming a strategy for the development of the entire fishery industry, clarifying the goal setting. The existing program for the development of the industry lacks an investment component. And most importantly, it is not sufficiently focused on serious growth. In addition, external circumstances, including political ones, have significantly changed, which will have not only momentary, but also long-term consequences for the Russian market and industry, continued the head of the Federal Agency for Fishery. “Therefore, it is necessary to develop a new program for the development of the fishery complex - until 2030, which will determine the vector of growth and lay down efficient mechanisms for its implementation”.

For the proper formulation of the task, strategic consultants were involved in developing the program. They studied the current situation and interviewed key industry representatives, summarized them and prepared a draft technical assignment for this work, explained Ilya Shestakov.

“The task is to create a program that will ensure quality growth in the industry - a breakthrough. And now it is necessary to understand what can become a locomotive of growth, ”said the head of the Federal Agency for Fishery.

He noted that the designated guidelines for the development of a new long-term program require extensive discussion by the industry community. “And taking into account the joint discussion, careful analysis of key ideas, we will begin to form a new long-term sectoral strategy,” Ilya Shestakov added.

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