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Tuesday, January 04, 2011 - 08.40 GMT

Programmes to boost fishing industry


The Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development has implemented several programmes to develop the fisheries industry this year.

Projects are underway to increase the fish production which was 339, 730 mtc ton last year to 400, 000 mtc ton by the end of this year. It is expected to raise the fish production by 43% in North and East by 2013.

Action is also afoot to increase deep sea fish production by 98% and land water fish production by 100% within the next three years. The Ministry also expects to uplift the total fish production in the country to 686, 000 mtc ton by 2013.

Moreover, action is being taken to make the fishermen knowledgeable of the new techniques to identify the areas where a large amount of fish is available. The Ministry is also taking action against illegal fishing by creating a Vessel Monitoring System.

The government will also provide medicine, food, ice and fuel by Mother Vessels to fishermen who are fishing longer in the sea with the aim of uplifting the efficiency of fishermen.

In addition, measures are being taken to provide a package of fishing tools to resettled internally displaced fishing families in the North and the East. Under this, two hundred fishermen were recently provided with Rs.100,000 each as a loan to re-start their work.

Also, a national fishing forum will be conducted to improve the work of fishermen in Jaffna, Karainagar, Kilinochchi and Vavuniya. A pension of Rs.700 will be offered to the fishermen and will protect them under a special insurance scheme.







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