Rajitha to construct 11 fisheries harbours in North

By Don Asoka Wijewardena

Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Minister Rajitha Senaratne plans to construct eleven fisheries harbours in the North.

He plans to construct harbours in Mannar, Selawathurai, Pesalai, Gurunagar, Point Pedro and Myliddy.

The Canadian government will provide financial assistance for the projects, and the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) will undertake to construct them. The FAO also will construct ferries, fish markets, civic community centers, fishing net mending factories, sewarge plants and other required infrastructure, he said at the opening ceremony of the Thalwapadu ferry in the Mannar district recently.

Senaratne pointed out that most fisheries harbours and ferries were rather primitive. But, in a matter of years, he would do everything possible to rehabilitate and brin them on par with other countries. The Danish government had come forward to develop Gurunagar and Selawathurai fisheries harbours. The Japanese government would fund the Peduruthuduwa harbour, he said.

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