YEREVAN, December 6. /ARKA/. Seventy seven of 234 fish-breeding farms in Armenia stopped functioning within the last one and a half years, Arthur Atoyan, chairman of the Association of Armenian Fish Farmers and Exporters, said at a news conference on Friday.
“The country’s fish farms are in a very critical condition now,” he said. “If certain measures are not taken, 70% of them will be on the brink of closure.”
Large debts and high taxes create problems, he said.
In particular, 65% of fish-breeding businesses are in a critical condition because of loan liabilities, 25% of fish farms are making both ends meet, and only 10% have no problems.
Besides, the expert said, transition to half-closed recycling water supply will have adverse impacts on fish businesses.
Armenia’s fishery output totaled 946 tons in October – 18.7% year-on-year growth. The whole output has been sold. ---0-----