Rs 50 m boost for fisheries industry
The government has already spent Rs.150 million for the development
of the fisheries industry in the Kalutara District and has allocated
another Rs. 50 million for further development of the industry during
this year, Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Minister Dr.
Rajitha Senarathne said.
No previous government has performed such a great service for the
fisheries industry's development as the present government. This
government has introduced life insurance schemes and loan schemes to the
fisheries community with more benefits under low interest rates, he
added. Minister Senarathne was addressing the “Diyawara Sawiya” cheque
distributing ceremony held at the Kalutara District Secretariat
“The Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Ministry has
distributed Rs. 3.5 million among 63 women in Kalutara, along with the
Post Tsunami Coastal Rehabilitation Programme. This will be of immense
support to the fishing community to develop their self employment
projects. Earlier Rs. 7.3 million was distributed among 143
beneficiaries in addition to providing fish boxes, ice boxes and
equipment valued at over Rs. 2 million essential for the fisheries
industry” the minister said.
Kalutara Provincial Council Member Piyal Nishantha, International
Funds for Agricultural Development (IFAD) National Coordinator D.
Prathapasinghe and IFAD project's Kalutara District Manager Neil
Munasinghe also participated.