‘NARA to play greater role in fisheries industry development’ | Daily News

‘NARA to play greater role in fisheries industry development’

The Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Ministry has broadened the working facilities of the National Aquatic Resources Research and Development Agency (NARA) in order to help it play a more significant role in developing the country's fisheries industry, Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Minister Douglas Devenanda told the Daily News.

He said that on the instructions of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa a range of appointments such as the provision of physical resources to facilitate this process.

Minister Devananda said that at present, NARA is engaged in a number of research and scientific studies for making recommendations, conclusions and guidance required to boost the fisheries industry and associating components.

NARA in collaboration with the National Engineering and Development Centre and the Fisheries Department is currently engaged in finding strategies to minimize post-harvest losses in the fisheries industry for ensuring food security.

A NARA spokesman told the Daily News that research is being conducted to modernize outdated fish storage facilities in existing multi day fishing boats.

NARA is also expected to give its recommendations with regard to a new boat design for fishing vessels under construction, concerning freezing storage. Studies and research conducted by NARA have disclosed that poor fish harvest management and an inadequate freezing mechanism has resulted in a massive loss to the country's economy. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation is extending financial assistance to NARA research activities.

The Spokesmen said that more staff will help accelerate NARA's research and development programmes.