Fisheries Minister Douglas Devananda advised the officials including the Director General of Fisheries Department, Director General of National Aquaculture Development Authority (NAQDA), and the Director General of National Aquatic Resources Research and Development Agency (NARA) to take necessary action to provide licences expeditiously to sea cucumber and shrimp farms.
Devananda expressed confidence that a significant amount of foreign income can be earned through the exporting of sea cucumber and shrimp.
Minister Devananda met the aforesaid officials at the Fisheries Ministry in Maligawatta to expeditiously provide licences to harvest, transport, and to export shrimp and sea cucumber while promoting sea cucumber and shrimp farming to resolve the foreign reserve crisis Sri Lanka is experiencing at present.
The Minister also appointed a committee consisting of officials from the Fisheries Department, NARA, and NAQDA.
The committee will take necessary action to provide licences as soon as possible, considering appeals of entrepreneurs, while resolving environmental issues. The Minister also instructed them to provide a report to him of decisions taken by the committee continually in connection with the provision of licences.
Minister Devananda advised the relevant officials to take necessary action to develop the Bangadeniya and Vidataltivu seafood export processing zones and to identify the suitable places in the country for aquaculture farming and to give them to investors expeditiously.
The Minister also advised the officials to take necessary action to resolve the issues of recently developed Kirinda, Hambantota, Dodanduwa, Hikkaduwa, Peraliya, Ambalangoda and Panadura fishery harbours as soon as possible.
By Naalir Jamaldeen