Kazakhstan developing fish and food industry in Aral Sea region

ASTANA (TCA) — On March 29, as part of his working trip to the Kyzylorda province, Kazakh Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev saw the development of local fish and food industry through the example of a fish processing plant in the city of Aralsk and Araltuz salt plant in the Aral Sea region, the official website of the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan reported.

In the Aral Sea region, the fishing industry is growing rapidly. There are 22 fish processing enterprises in the Kyzylorda province, 4 of them export to the countries of the European Union, 3 — to China, 9 — to the countries of the Eurasian Economic Union.

According to official statistics, the volume of fish exports amounted to $56.5 million last year, which means that two-thirds of Kazakhstan’s fish is exported. Kyzylorda province’s contribution to these exports amounted to more than $12 million (3,500 tons).

Sagintayev familiarized himself with the production process of the Aral Fish Processing Plant, with a capacity of 6,000 tons per year. Finished products are exported to the markets of Russia, China, Poland, Holland, Germany, Denmark, Georgia, Azerbaijan, and Uzbekistan.

The Prime Minister also visited the Araltuz plant, the only iodized salt plant and the largest salt extraction and processing enterprise in the country.

As part of the State Program of Industrial and Innovative Development, Araltuz company commissioned two Spanish workshops for the production of food and technical salt. The first shop operates using the European technology and produces nine types of table salt with iodine supplements. In 2016, in order to expand production of technical salt, the second Spanish line, the polymer shop, was acquired. Reconstruction of the plant allowed to double the labor productivity and provide more than 1200 people with jobs, and increase the wages of workers by 60%. The volume of production and sales increased more than threefold, and the share of export products reached 65%.

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