Puttalam’s shrimp industry issues will be addressed – Devananda

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Fisheries Minister Douglas Devananda said that necessary action will be taken to resolve the problems of shrimp farmers as well as exporters in the Puttalam District.

Devananda further stated that arrangements have been made to provide a five million rupee loan to each shrimp farmer at 8.5 per cent interest rate, 4.5 per cent of it will be borne by the Treasury and the balance four per cent has to be paid by the beneficiary.

Twelve shrimp farmers in the Puttalam District have applied for this loan, according to Devananda. 

He added that solutions will be found to the issues prevailing in the Bangadeniya Shrimp Breeding Centre as well as shrimp farmers and exporters in the region.

The Fisheries Minister said that necessary action will be taken to distribute 26,000 litres of diesel to shrimp farms and export centres in the Bangadeniya area through the Wellamankara Fishery Harbour fuel shed to operate power generators during the two hour power outage. The required stock of diesel will be obtained from IOC and the required amount of USD will be raised from the exporters.

Devananda said that he has instructed the National Aquatic Resources Research and Development Agency (NARA) and National Aquaculture Development Authority (NAQDA) to undertake researches in connection with the diseases spread to shrimps and to recommend a solution to farmers in this connection.

By Naalir Jamaldeen

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