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Kalametiya and Wellamankara fisheries harbours commissioned

The Wellamankara and Kalametiya Fisheries Harbours built at a cost of Rs. 3,749 million were commissioned by Fisheries Minister Douglas Devananda at a simple ceremony held at the Fisheries Ministry auditorium.

The Minister speaking on Zoom said that in view of the economic crisis the country is facing at present, not even a small amount of expenditure was incurred for the opening.

Then President Mahinda Rajapaksa in July 2014 laid the foundation stone for the Kalametiya Harbour, consisting of the harbour basin on an extent of 3.2 hectares and a breakwater 335 metres in length. The harbour could accommodate parking space for 150 multi-day fishing vessels and 75 smaller size boats, the Minister said.

He stated that new Wellamankara Fisheries Harbour in the Puttalam district would be an asset to the fishermen in whole of the North Western Province. The Wellamankara Fisheries Harbour is one of the few deepest fisheries harbours in the country and is the only fisheries harbour equipped with required facilities.

The Wellamankara Fisheries Harbour cost the Government Rs. 2,498 million for completion and has facilities for anchoring around 350 multi-day fishing boats.

“We have planned to improve the fisheries industry using advanced technology for gaining a larger fish harvest and strengthening the livelihood of the fisher families. The experts in NARA have been instructed to engage in research to introduce new technologies pertaining to the overall development of the fishery industry,” Minister Devananda said.

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