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The concept of “Wewak Samaga Gamak”( A village with a Reservoir)
The government has granted approval to initiate a massive development programme in enhancing freshwater and brackish water fisheries industries) in line with the concept of “wewak samaga Gamak” ( A village with a Reservoir) of the Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development, Hon. Mahinda Amaraweera.  

The present government has allocated the largest amount of funds ever allocated by a government for the development of fish and aquaculture of 116 lagoons and 10 000 reservoirs in the country. The government has made special consideration in increasing the fresh water fish production up to 150000 metric tons within the coming two years and also in improving aqua plant production. This is the largest allocation ever made by a budget for the development of aquatic resources.

Fresh water fish production of the country in the last year was 75,000 metric tons but the imported fish and canned fish amount during the last year was 112 000 metric tons. Even though we inherit a sea eight times larger than the land area, we have become incapable of catching fish adequate for the domestic consumption since the fish resource of the sea is decreasing day by day. 

Sri Lanka possesses more than 10,000 inland reservoirs and the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development has commenced necessary arrangements in harvesting fish in these reservoirs and fish breeding activities have already been initiated by the DFAR.


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