President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday declared open the first ever fish canning factory at the Fisheries Corporation premises in Galle.
The cannery, built at a cost of 840 million rupees, is a joint venture of Ceylon Fisheries Corporation (CFC) and Happy Cook Lanka Food Pvt Ltd.
Initially, the factory is expected to produce 10,000 cans per day. The CFC plans to double the daily production capacity later. The fish cans will be marketed under the name "Cey Fish".
The opening of the first ever state cannery in Galle is a commendable fulfillment of the profound objective of transforming the ocean into a lucrative resource as envisaged in the Mahinda Chintanaya," President Rajapaksa said. ”I was pleased to hear that almost 80 per cent of the government’s anticipated goals with regard to the Fishery Industry have been accomplished by now”, the President said.
In addition to the Galle Fish Canning Factory, the government is expecting to establish two more fish canning factories in Peliyagoda and Mundalama.
On average Sri Lankans consume around 50,000 fish cans per day and the government expects to produce 40,000 fish cans per day by the three factories and curtail the imports at least by 30 percent.