New projects for fisheries sector

By Maheesha Mudugamuwa

With the aim of increasing the export income of the country’s fisheries sector, the Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Ministry has taken steps to introduce new projects.

According to the Fisheries Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne, the pilot projects of clam farming, sea cucumber farming, aquaculture farming and sea plant farming have commenced and arrangements are being made to introduce those projects to fisheries industrialists countrywide, especially the fishing communities in the war-affected areas.

"We hope to have a bigger fish harvest than last year. We also hope to double our export income by increasing exports and developing the quality of our fish products," he said.

The National Aquaculture Development Authority and National Aquatic Resources Research and Development Agency are assisting the projects.

Meanwhile, the Ministry Spokesman said that Rs 30 million had been spent to develop the fisheries industry in Panadura. The Fisheries Department had spent Rs 14.2 million while IFAD had spent over Rs 13 million.

Around Rs 5.7 million had also been spent for road development projects and other funds had been spent to establish community centres, fisheries offices, distribution of fisheries equipment and to grant donations for self-employment.

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