The Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Ministry launched a special program to introduce stable prices for fish vendors under the directions of President Mahinda Rajapaksa and guidance of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development acting Minister Sarath Kumara Gunaratne.
The Ceylon Fisheries Corporation (CFC) has introduced certified minimum prices to purchase fish from fishermen.
Stable prices will be introduced to small fish initially and extended to other fish varieties within a few months after holding progress review meetings in every two weeks. Certified minimum prices for purchasing fish will be announced in the first Friday of the month.
According to Minister Gunaratne, certified minimum prices of some small fish varieties will be, Linna 1k Rs. 160, Pothubariya 1k Rs. 75, Hurulla (big) 1k Rs. 150, Hurulla (small) 1k Rs. 110, Salaya (big) 1k Rs. 80, Salaya (small) 1k Rs. 40, Sudaya 1k Rs. 40, Kumbala (big) 1k Rs. 200, Kumbala (small) 1k Rs. 140, Bolla (big) 1k Rs. 200, Bolla (small) 1k Rs. 140, Paraw (big) 1k Rs. 300 and Paraw (small) 1k Rs. 240.
The CFC will purchase fish under above rates.
Minister Gunaratne said measures are in place to set up a network to distribute fresh and nutritious fish island-wide to grant equal benefits of the fisheries industry to fishermen and consumers.
Over 30 Fish Purchasing Centres have established under the purview of the CFC. More temporary Fish Purchasing Centres will be set up and CFC mobile Lorries deployed to purchase fish from fishermen without the involvements of brokers, he said.