Russia aim for 120,000 tonnes of trout and salmon production-per-year to substitute imports

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30,000 tonnes will be provided through the construction of RAS plants, says deputy minister of agriculture.

In a release on Russia’s Federal Agency for Fisheries, Ilya Shestakov, Russia’s deputy minister of agriculture, visited the Kala Ranta trout farm on June 22 as part of a working trip to the Northwest Federal District.

Kala Ranta is the largest rainbow trout farmer on the Russian market, with a production capacity of 4,000 tonnes a year.

lya Shestakov,  Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Head of the Federal Agency for Fishery. PHOTO: Russian Government

It came second to Russia Aquaculture in the region for salmon and trout production. At the same time, Shestakov said that the region retains” significant potential to expand production by commissioning promising water areas.”

The northwest Federal District accounts for the country’s bulk of trout and Atlantic salmon production. Salmon production in Russia in 2019 increased by 36.4 per cent by 2018 – to 90.8 thousand tonnes. This is twice as much as in 2014 – before Russia applied restrictive measures on import in response to anti-Russian sanctions over the over Ukraine (2014 – 45,000 tonnes).

“We are almost close to substitution,” said Shestakov, adding that he wanted to saturated the market with domestic products.

According to a national implemented strategy, the volume of fish farming in the Northwest Federal District should reach up to 120,000 tonnes. The minister added that an additional volume of 30,000 tonnes will be provided through the construction of RAS plants.