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Events and facts March 23, 2008

Mariculture enterprises in Primorye region constantly get in trouble

CJSC Standers, as well as Akvatoria Co., Ltd and research and production company Nereida Co., Ltd, participating in National project Development of industrial agriculture, has suddenly fallen under unexpected inspections of Economic crimes Department. All abovementioned companies are members of Association of the Primorye fishery industry companies.

As it was mentioned by first vice-president Alexander Platonov, in spite of getting interest rate subsidies and preferential credits, the companies only get additional problems.

Mariculture companies, participating in National project Development of industrial agriculture shall obtain support from regional and federal budgets for industrial fish farming, but the only benefit of such support they got for the present moment is close attention of Economic crimes Department officers, - says Alexander Platonov.

Thus, heads of Akvatoria Co., Ltd and research and production company Nereida Co., Ltd have received letters from Economic crimes Department of Primorye region with demand to provide the Department with full report regarding the Companys activity, including its main economic characteristics, accounting reports, documents confirming ownership of real estate and vessels, constituent documents, agreements with pedigree fish suppliers and suppliers of processing equipment, copies of all catch quotas, authorization certificates and licenses, as well as data regarding this quotas development, produced fish product amount and fish product sales volume per annum. At that, it is explained that the necessity of such inspections and control is caused by the fact, that these companies are included into National project. CJSC Standers that do not participate in this National project has got such letter as well.

But these companies are not state-owned, they are private, and they did not take money from the state, even in the form of promised subsidies. To receive credit, the companies have pledged their property; they dispose their own money and take risks with their own money, not state-owned one, so why do they fall under such humiliating surveillance? Everybody knows that mariculture companies have complicated business, even without all these additional troubles, and that they will receive profit from this business not even in one year, as it takes not less than three years for one scallop or mussel to grow up! Is it really the best way to develop mariculture in Primorye region, through different obstacles making for the companies? And shall we be afraid of state money? puzzles Alexander Platonov.

Association of the Primorye fishery industry companies plans to put these questions to executive power of Primorye region and later to go to prosecutors office.


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