NFFSL must ensure rights of fisheries community
The National Fisheries Federation of Sri Lanka, has a responsibility
to protect and ensure the Human Rights of the fisheries community in the
country. They should dedicate themselves towards the welfare of the
fisheries community as well, Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development
Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne said.
“All sections related to the fisheries industry, should act to make
the ocean a resource as President Mahinda Rajapaksa mentions in the
Mahinda Chinthana - Future Vision, he added.
The minister was addressing a special meeting with committee members
of the National Fisheries Federation at the Fisheries and Aquatic
Resources Development Ministry. “We established this National Fisheries
Federation last year, with the aim of uplifting the livelihood of the
fisheries community, while granting them a number of facilities. We have
introduced loan schemes with low interest rates, insurance schemes and
pension schemes for fishermen through the Federation.
Over 110,000 fishermen have already received membership of the
Federation and we have established 26 district level fisheries
organizations and 1187 village level fisheries organizations islandwide
parallel to the national federation,” Minister Senaratne said.
“The Fisheries industry in Sri Lanka has achieved a number of goals
in the two years since 2009 under the leadership of Minister Rajitha
“Both economic and social status of the fisheries community has been
uplifted by him. The minister has done a great service to develop both
the fisheries industry and the livelihood of fishermen as well.
“It should be appreciated and all fisheries communities islandwide,
should help him to achieve all other goals in the sector, National
Fisheries Federation's National Coordinator and Minister's Public
Relations Secretary Premasiri Perera said.
Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Ministry Secretary Dr.
Damitha de Soysa, Fisheries Department Director General Nimal
Hettiarachchi and National Aquaculture Development Authority (NAQDA)
Chairman Jayantha Chandrasoma participated.