All measures are in place to increase the per capita fish consumption in Sri Lanka to 22 kilograms from 11.4 kilograms. In the last two to three years, the daily per capita fish consumption had increased, said Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Minister Dr.Rajitha Senaratne.
The minister was addressing the opening ceremony of the 105th Ceylon Fisheries Corporation (CFC) fish stall established in Dodangoda, Kalutara, recently.
“Over Rs.1.5 million has been spent for the construction of each fish stall and the entire cost is spent by the CFC without any financial support from the Treasury. All arrangements have been made to achieve our goal of 250 CFC fish stalls.
“Another 145 CFC fish stalls will be established in the country before the end of this year,” the minister said.
“After establishing all fish stalls, we will be deciding the fish price and there is no space for black marketeers. At present, the CFC is the main fish supplier for Sathosa outlets while supplying iced fish to the 150 outlets out of the 225,” he added. “Currently, there is peace and freedom in the country which was not possible in the past years and this has been a great support to achieve all aims.
“There is more opportunity to fulfill all responsibilities which are in front of us and we should provide our assistance in development as one nation without thinking about political parties or any other differences,” Minister Senaratne added.
2012 The Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Ltd.