SLís first Maldive fish factory in Kalutara
Sri Lanka's first Maldive fish factory will open in the Industrial
Zone in Kalutara before the end of this year, Fisheries and Aquatic
Resources Development Minister Dr Rajitha Senaratne said.
ďA well-known Maldive fish producer in Japan had agreed to provide
funds to set up the Maldive fish factory in Sri Lanka. Agreements in
connection to this factory will be signed in the near future,Ē he added.
The minister was addressing a meeting at the Fisheries and Aquatic
Resources Development Ministry recently.
According to the minister, Sri Lanka imports 6,000 to 8,000 metric
tons of Maldive fish annually. The market price of a kilo of Maldive
fish is around Rs 2,000. The minister expressed hope that consumers
would be able to purchase Maldive fish at half the price after the
factory is set up. Sri Lanka earns Rs .21 million by exporting fish
products and spends Rs 14 million to import Maldive fish and other fish
Minister Senaratne hopes to earn a foreign exchange of US $ 400
million by next year. Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development
Ministry Secretary Dr Damitha De Soysa, Ceylon Fisheries Corporation
chairman Maheel Senaratne and managing director Ruwan Lankeshwara were
also present at the meeting.