Plans are underway to increase the fisheries production by 300 thousand metric tons within two years.
Minister Rajitha Senaratne has said that a broad based programme has been initiated by the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources in this connection. The Minister stated this while participating in the inaugural function of the 15th session of the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission. Representatives from 35 countries participate in the session being held in Sri Lanka for the first time.
The Minister said that the fisheries production amounts to 400,000 metric tons at present. It is expected to increase this amount up to 686,000 by 2013. A large contribution is expected to be made to the economy by the Fisheries Industry. He said that this programme will increase the nutrition level of the people according to the Mahinda Chintana . The current per capita consumption of fish in the country is 31 grammes per day. It is expected to be increased to 60 grammes. Ministers Basil Rajapaksa and Prof. G.L. peiris also participated in the function. The session will be held until the 22nd of this month.