The Ministry of
Fisheries and Aquatic Resources development has decided to establish a fish
processing manufactory with latest technology for fish export purposes. This
manufactory which will be established according to a proposal of Hon Minister
of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development will be located in the CFC
premises in Mattakkuliya. This will cost basically an amount approximate to 75
million and it will be granted by the General Treasury.
industry in Sri Lanka is currently implemented successfully in a backdrop where
EU fish ban was lifted and 32 non-functioning fish processing manufactories
were re-opened which provide employment to a significant number of persons. Sri
Lanka processes fish especially for Sushi and Sashimi, two popular Japanese
dishes and it is highly popular in the international market. A kilogram of processed
fish is generally sold to a high price of Rs 10,000.
Even though Sri Lankan
fish products are highly demanded in the global market we are able to satisfy
only 35% of the total demand. Thus, CFC’s approach to the fish processing
industry will facilitate the supply of high-quality fish to the international
market while giving the fisher community an opportunity to get a high price for
their fish harvest. Hon Minister after an observation visit to the site of the proposed
manufactory, instructed the Chairman of CFC to complete the constructions
within the forthcoming 6 months.
Fish export income of
Sri Lanka in last year was recorded to be 1200 million and a three-fold increase is expected in this
year, said the Minister.