Devananda urges Japanese envoy to assist in fishery sector

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Minister Douglas made a suggestion for three-wheelers with refrigeration facilities in Sri Lanka, where fresh, hygienic seafood could be made available to customers. Keeping this in mind, the Minister  requested the Japanese Ambassador to provide such three-wheelers which are currently operational in Japan to enable the fisheries industry to strike a deal.

He met the Japanese Ambassador in Sri Lanka, Mizukoshi Hideaki at the Fisheries Ministry in Maligawatta to discuss the lasting bilateral ties between the two countries and the possibility of obtaining assistance from Japan for the development of fishery farming.

Meanwhile, Devananda requested technological and financial assistance from the Japanese Ambassador to develop and improve the fresh water fishery industry which includes sea cucumber farming and ornamental fish breeding. He said, this segment will generate the much-needed foreign exchange for Sri Lanka. This will include sea cucumber hatcheries that provide farmers with sea cucumber fingerlings.

Devananda also recalled instances where the Japanese government assisted to raise the living conditions of the war impacted in the past.

He said, a number of fishermen’s welfare-oriented projects targeting their livelihood development have been implemented in Sri Lanka and added that he sought the assistance from the Japanese government to further strengthen and expand these projects.

He also said, there were a large number of fishermen in the Northern and Eastern provinces engaging in fisheries using traditional methods and added that he made an emotional request to Ambassador Hideaki to extend a helping hand to introduce modern technologies to them. 

Minister Devananda presented a memorandum to the Ambassador consisting of 29 types of assistance the Japanese government could assist while urging him to provide technological and financial assistance to projects being implemented by National Aquaculture Development Authority (NAQDA) and National Aquatic Resources Research and Development Agency (NARA).

The Japanese Envoy had given positive feedback in this regard.

BY Naalir Jamaldeen