Ministry of agriculture refutes allegations of high cost of fish farm licensing
YEREVAN, April 17. /ARKA/. Armenia’s ministry of agriculture refuted the statement by the head of Union of Armenian Fish Producers and Exporters Arthur Atoyan that licensing of fish farms is expensive.
On April 15 Atoyan told a press conference costs of fish farm licensing are high. He also said fish farms have to spend about 15 million drams on measures to get a license.
In response, the ministry said the “facts” do not reflect the actual reality.
The ministry said there is a need for supervision over targeted and efficient use of water resources due to groundwater dry-out risks in Ararat Valley. Licensing and introduction of closed or semi-closed cycle is one of the options to save water at fish farms, the press office of the ministry said.
Earlier, Atoyan said that, according to the government instruction of 2013 all fish farms need to transfer, within the next half a year, to semi-closed water cycle, which implies reuse of 70% of water to reduce consumption. According to experts, new expensive technologies costing from 700,000 to 1.5 million should be introduced for this. ($1=414.27drams). –0--