After 12 years, Cey-Nor
launched its first large-scale fishing vessel larger than 60 ft in length.
Approximately 1480 multiday fishing vessels are engaged in deep sea fishing on
international waters. However, 40% of the harvested fish remain unfit for
consumption due to the inadequacy of facilities in these fishing vessels.
Fish exports to the
international market require high-quality fish and Sri Lanka is able to satisfy
only 30% of the total demand. Thus, the government had consented with Hon
Minister’s proposal to deliver Sri Lankan fishers with multiday fishing vessels
with latest technology and facilities under a concessionary basis.
result, Cey-Nor initiated manufacturing large-scale multiday vessels larger
than 55ft. 10 vessels of similar nature
will be manufactured in 2017 and 2018. A vessels costs 60 million and fishermen
shall pay only a 50% of the cost and the rest will be borne by the
government. These vessels are equipped
with cold room facilities and a vast storage capacity for the harvested fish.
Long lines will be used as
the method of fishing and the new vessels will be developed to cause minimum
post-harvest losses. Further, Cey-Nor has also initiated manufacturing another
multiday fishing vessel with advance and modern facilities. Further, Seychelles
has also ordered 05 large-scale fishing vessels from Sri Lanka in this year,
which are already under construction.
Minister launching this multiday fishing vessel mentioned that developing the
country is impossible without enhancing the production and export economy. A
decade ago Sri Lanka decided the fish price in the global market. Due to former
governments’ failure to develop the fisheries industry, the place is now
dominated by Maldives, said the Minister.
current government’s intention is to generate 10 lakhs of new employment
opportunities within the coming 3 years. Accordingly, the Fisheries Ministry
will be creating one lakh of employments in the fisheries sector within the
next 2 years, emphasized Hon Minister.
until recent past was operating as a loss-making government entity. However,
under the current government it has reached profit making levels. Revitalizing
other government institutes too will not be impossible under a competent
management, said the Minister.