Douglas seeks USD from seafood exporters


In an effort to resolve the fuel issue faced by fishermen, Fisheries Minister Douglas Devananda met seafood exporters to see if they might help with US dollars to purchase fuel.

During the discussion yesterday (8), the Minister and fish exporters sought alternative strategies to keep the fisheries industry going, despite the inability of the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) to supply the required fuel, which forced thousands of fishermen out of business.

They also discussed the difficulties confronting agriculture and farmers who require gasoline for generators, among other things.

“In addition to the concerns mentioned, fishermen islandwide suffer the same issues,” the Fisheries Minister said, adding that “all of them should also look for alternatives to resolve the fuel problem to ensure that all fishing vessels in the country remain operational.”

He emphasised the need of protecting fishermen’s livelihood, while also contributing to the country’s recovery from the economic crisis. “We expect that seafood exporters will be better prepared to get the money required for fuel in particular.” Minister Devananda also requested exporters to submit written ideas on how to handle the fuel crisis, promising that it will be resolved within two weeks.

By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan