The seaweed culture project which commenced in the Northern Province has created over 20,000 employment opportunities, Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne said.
The Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Ministry launched a number of fish breeding projects with the support of affiliated institutions, he added.
“We have already exported the first seaweed container from the project in the Northern Province. Sea weed is a very popular food item in Japan. We can earn a large income by exporting seaweeds. This can be also boosting self-employment. A Japanese company has also invested in a seaweed project in Sri Lanka,” the Minister said.
“The other project is oyster farming. We commenced that in Kinniya, but it was destroyed due to floods and we moved it to Mannar. It is now being continued very successfully and as a result, we exported 4.5 metric tons of oysters last year. We have become the main oyster supplier for all-star class hotels in the country,” Dr. Senaratne added.
The Modha fish project is another project which can earn a massive income from European countries.
The Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Ministry launched the Modha fish project in 200 acres in Kalpitiya and another one in Trincomalee in collaboration with a Scottish firm.
In addition, a sea cucumber breeding project has also commenced in Mannar with financial assistance from Vietnam.
All these projects are continuing in a very successful manner. These will help boost the local fisheries industry, Minister Senaratne said.