35% of SL’s fish harvest goes to waste – Devananda
By Paneetha Ameresekere
Thirty five per cent of Sri Lanka’s fish harvest goes to waste, Fisheries Minister Douglas Devananda told Canada’s High Commissioner in Colombo David McKinon on Friday (16 October), the Fisheries Ministry said.
He therefore requested Canadian assistance to prevent this waste, at a meeting with McKinnon at the Ministry Office in Colombo.
The Minister said because of Canada’s advanced technology know-how, the fish harvest in Canada going waste was however marginal. Devananda therefore requested the High Commissioner to aid in the transfer of this technology know-how to Sri Lanka.
McKinon brought to Devananda’s attention the ongoing work between the Canadian Ocean Institute, a Canadian Government establishment, and the Ocean University of Sri Lanka. Meanwhile, the Minister had further briefed McKinon that the proposed 20th Amendment was not inimical to Tamil interests, the Ministry statement said.
“Whatever amendments that were needed for 20A to be constitutional as deemed by the Supreme Court would be made, before 20A becomes law,” he had further told the High Commissioner. Devananda had also said though President Gotabaya Rajapaksa was elected to power by the Southern vote, he was a President who worked for the benefit of all communities living in Sri Lanka.
Devananda also thanked McKinon for the recent Canadian support extended to the Tamils of this country to celebrate ‘Navarathri.’