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Kuwait pushes national aquaculture plan

Country aims to become self-sufficient on locally consumed fish.

Kuwait's Public Authority for Agricultural Affairs and Fish Resources (PAAF) said Monday it plans to become self-sufficient on locally-consumed fish to close the supply-demand gap. 

Its strategy includes expanding and enhancing operations and projects such as fish farming, according to KUNA news.

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The country's fish and shrimp production was 4,000 to 6,000 metric tons in the 2015-2016 period, up 300 to 600 metric tons year-on-year, according to the news site. 

Fish resources make up 33 to 49 percent of total consumption and fish farming can meet half of the fresh fish deficit by 2025 if PAAF's projects go as planned.

One project includes building a national hatchery to support tilapia breeders with an annual capacity of 80,000 to 90,000 metric tons.

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