The Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Ministry will introduce a fish soup in cube form that is enriched with omega three fatty acids or fish oil and protein to the market.
The Industrial Technology Institute (ITI) has undertaken production research to produce the special fish soup. Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne yesterday (March 24) said he set the ITI for the task of producing an omega three-and protein- rich fish soup cube to meet the growing per capita demand for protein in the country.
“The Ministry has set apart funds for the ITI to conduct research and laboratory nutritional tests to create the soup cube,” he said.
ITI officials are conducting research using several fish types to produce this processed fish product. They will determine the product’s safety, quality, nutritional value and shelf life. Minister Senaratna said it is through consumption of fish that 66 percent of the country’s protein requirement is met.
“I am planning to fight problems centered on protein deficiency and malnutrition by promoting seafood-based products. I thought of introducing a nutritious fish soup cube to the market, a soup cube that anyone can afford to buy,” the Minister added.