Shardara Fish Processing Plant Modernization to Boost Production

SOUTH KAZAKHSTAN – All phases of the production process at the Shardara fish processing plant are being modernized through the use of the latest Italian and Turkish equipment.

The upgrades at the plant, which had not been modernized since opening 30 years ago, are expected to result in an output of 1,000 tons of finished products per year.

The plant’s new production lines cost 54 million tenge ($535,268) and were paid for with funds acquired through Agrocredit Corporation at 7 percent annually. The plant provides jobs for 50 people and 100 more in jobs related to the plant.

The modernization will be completed in September and will significantly improve quality. Plant Director Talgat Rustemov says the plant is in the process of obtaining the documents necessary to export to Europe where the demand is high for many of the plant’s products, such as perch fillets. The company also plans significant exports to Russia and Georgia.

There should also not be problems with supply of raw fish, which comes not only from local rivers and lakes, including the Shardara water reservoir, but is also shipped from other regions of the country.

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