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Minimization of post-harvest losses and improvement of quality and safety of fish products
Improve the Quality and safety of fish products                                                    

Quality control process of export oriented fish products are enforced by the Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DFAR) which is under the MFARD to comply the international quality requirements.


The main functions include:                                                                                     

  • Registration of fish processing establishments
  • Issuing health certificates for fish exports to European countries (EU) as well as non European countries
  • Chemical tests to ensure quality control of fish products
  • Inspection of samples for laboratory testing 
  • Inspection of aquaculture farms, fishing vessels, fish processing establishments & fishery harbours

Minimization of post harvest losses                                                                   

In order to minimize post harvest losses of fish and other aquatic products, related research activities are conducted through the NARA which is the research arm of the Ministry.

Activities include,

  • Introduction of new fish and fishery products processing technologies.
  • Offering laboratory and consultancy services on microbiological assessment, chemical analysis, heavy metals, food preservation, processing and quality control
  • Investigation of post harvest losses and measures to minimize the post harvest losses
  • Introduction of improved hygienic processing techniques for traditional fish products
  • Conducting awareness and technology transfer programmes on minimizing post harvest losses.



Sri Lanka to be the leader of conservation and sustainable utilization of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources in the South Asian Region.


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