Fisheries harbours, anchorages construction over by 2013 –
The construction of fisheries harbours and anchorages which are
useful to the fisheries industry will be completed by 2013. Harbours and
anchorages will be provided vessels, equipment and infrastructure
facilities in the near future,said Fisheries and Aquatic Resources
Development Minister Dr Rajitha Senaratne.
“Arrangements are underway to begin the construction of Mannar and
Gandara fisheries harbours. It will be completed by next year,” he said
speaking at the opening ceremony of the expanded Moratuwa-Panadura
Fishery harbour’s southern breakwater yesterday.
The Panadura fisheries harbour was damaged by the 2004 tsunami. It
was reconstructed with Chinese financial assistance. As a first step of
this project the Peoples Republic of China had allocated Rs 300 million
to construct the southern breakwater of the Moratuwa-Panadura Fisheries
The Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Ministry will open
the Dikowita fisheries harbour in the near future. The Mutwal fisheries
harbour will be closed after the construction of the Colombo South
fisheries harbor is completed, the minister said.
“The fisheries sector is Sri Lanka’s third most important contributor
to economic growth. It is second only to agriculture and tourism. The
fisheries industry will become the first contributor to the Sri Lankan
economy within the next two years. I hope to provide a 50 percent
contribution to Sri Lanka’s economy in 2013. We hope to provide 24
percent contribution by the end of this year,” Senaratne said.
He said that the Cabinet approved the Fisheries Technical Act
Minor Small Export Crop Promotion Minister Reginald Cooray, People’s
Republic of China Ambassador to Sri Lanka Yang Xiuping, First Secretary
of China Embassy Sun Ledong, Ceylon Fishery Harbour Co-operations
Chairman Amal Senadhilankara and Managing Director Lal Samarasinghe also