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Sri Lanka: Fisheries Ministry plans to make the country self-sufficient in freshwater fish production and boost exports September 10,2019   |  Source: Colombo Page.

The State Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Dilip Wedaarachchi says that all necessary plans are being prepared to expedite the process of making the country self-sufficient in fish production. The Minister said that the country's fish requirements are expected to be met by the fresh water fisheries industry. He further stated that a fish farming campaign will be launched to produce high priced fish species including shrimp and crabs for exports to the world market and to meet the daily fish requirement for local consumption through freshwater fisheries industry.

Minister Wedaarachchi expressed these views delivering the opening address of the program held Thursday (05) in Chilaw to educate the fishing community and the business community engaged in the prawn farming industry. He further stated that a fresh water fisheries campaign will be launched targeting the fisheries sector for local consumption. The awareness program was organized by the National Aquaculture Development Authority (NAQDA) in association with the Aquaculture Development Association [SLADA]. Over 600 people, including the prawn farming community and the business community associated with the prawn industry in Puttalam, participated in the program.

Minister Wedaarachchi speaking

 

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