“The current government was successful in
revoking the EU sanctions imposed against Sri Lanka. Therefore, we will act to
regain the power of deciding fish price in the global market most assuredly
within the coming 2 years” says Hon Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development
Minister, Mahinda Amaraweera.
expressed these views, participating in the opening ceremony of Muruthawela
breeding centre which was established at a cost of 400 million. The centre will
be breeding species of Carp and Thilapia fish and fresh water prawns.
Fish fingerlings required to be stocked in the reservoirs in the
Southern province will be bred in this breeding centre in line with the
Fisheries Ministry’s programme to improve fish population of inland reservoirs
“We were able to complete this breeding center
within one year’s time and the breeding of fish has already started in this
centre. Recently fresh water fishermen had to encounter downfall in their
income levels as fish were not released in to the reservoirs. However, we have
targeted that the measures taken by us during the past two years will result in
a 4-fold increase in income level of the fisher community by the year
2018-2019. The current fresh water fish
production is 75000 mt per annum. It will be raised up to 1,50,000 mt by the
end of 2019. Annual fish fingerling production of the current breeding centers
is 20 million and with the opening of this new hatchery, it could be increased
by 100%”, said the Minister.
“Fisheries still remains among the 11th
or 12th ranks of the national income sources of the country.
However, it would be ranked up to 2nd or 3rd position
during next few years. The budgetary allocation for aquaculture is 2800 million
for the year 2017 and we hope to get it increased up to 5000 by next year” also