Fish production which was only seven percent during the war period is now witnessing a threefold increase, Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne said.
"The Government has launched a number of development programs in the Northern and Eastern provinces with the end to three decades of terrorism. The Government has given priority to the fisheries industry in the Northern Province as it made a vital contribution to the Sri Lankan economy during the pre-war period," he added.
"The Government allocated funds for the fisheries sector through the annual budgets since 2010. The Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Ministry has taken a number of measures to develop the fisheries industry in war affected areas and bring the lives of the fishing community back to normal," the Minister said.
The Minister was speaking after opening several community halls and fish breeding centres in the Mannar District on March 6, 7 and 8.
"The Ministry granted over 800 fishing vessels, engines, fish nets and other equipment essential for fishing activities. As a result, fish production which was only seven percent during the war period has increased to 21 percent. It is a great achievement for the fisheries sector," the Minister added.
Minister Senaratne also distributed fishing vessels, fish nets and equipment sets among fishermen in Mannar.
According to the Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Ministry Media Unit, the Minister distributed 100 canoes, fishing nets and equipment worth Rs. 1 million.
Minister Senaratne opened two community centres in Nakagarayakullam and Wavunikullam.