YEREVAN, January 17./ARKA/. Fish exports from Armenia in 2012 rose by 200 tons to over 1400 tons, Artur Atoyan, executive director of Armenia’s Association of Fish Farmers, told reporters on Thursday.
“Fish exports are growing year over year. In 2009 Armenian farmers exported nearly 800 tons, last year the export reached over 1400 tons,” Atoyan said.
According to him, Armenia exports fish (trout and sturgeon) to Russia only, and an average price per 1 kg of trout is 200-230 rubles (nearly 3,000 drams). He didn’t clarify the cost of sturgeon though.
Total of 8,000 tons of fish was produced in Armenia in 2012, according to the acting director.
State aid is required to increase fish exports for promoting the Armenian production abroad and seeking for new markets, he added.
According to him, it is also reasonable to export Armenian fish under the single brand of Fish Farmers Association. In this case, the Association will support some small and medium-sized enterprises to export their production.-0-