Third canned fish factory to be opened
The third largest canned fish factory in Sri Lanka "Tess Mekeral"
will be opened tomorrow in Peliyagoda by Economic Development Minister
Basil Rajapaksa and Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Minister
Dr Rajitha Senaratne.
"This canned fish factory has been established under the Tess Group
of Companies. They have invested Rs.170 million on this canned fish
factory. The factory has the ability to turn out 24,000 cans of fish
during an eight hour shift and they aim to produce 48,000 tins of fish
per day through two working shifts,"Tess Group of Company's Director
Shiran Fernando said.
Minister Rajitha Senaratne has taken measures to establish three
canned fish factories under the directions of President Mahinda
Rajapaksa and two of them have already commenced production with the aim
of meeting the country's canned fish requirement without the need for
Sri Lanka's first canned fish factory set up at a cost of Rs.840
million was opened in Galle by President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
This factory produces 10,000 cans of fish per day. All measures are
in place to double its production in the near future. The second canned
fish factory was established in Mundalama in Puttalam at a cost of Rs.90
million and it also has a production capacity of 10,000 cans of fish.
The government spends Rs.5,120 million each year on canned fish
imports. This can be reduced gradually with these three factories in
The three canned fish factories will produce around 50,000 tins per
day at the commencement and they will target the export market as well.