The intention of the Government by encouraging the breeding of inland fish is to enhance the economy of the fishermen as well as improve the nutritional standard of the people. The Maduru-oya reservoir is a fitting example to the success of the programme.
The North Central Fisheries Ministry points out that the daily yield of inland fish from this reservoir is more than 15 thousand kilograms. It has enhanced the income of the fisher fraternity who had been battered by terrorism for more than 30 years. A programme was launched via the Provincial Fisheries Ministry to uplift the inland fishery industry by releasing fingerlings to reservoirs. Fishermen were also given the gear required for the inland fishery industry, including fishing nets. The Government’s aim of making the North Central fishermen contributors to the national economy has started reaping benefits. Nearly 2000 in the North Central Province are engaged in this industry. A kilogram of inland fish is sold to traders at a price ranging from 120 to 150 rupees. Several lorries arrive daily from various parts of the country to transport the catch.