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Total Maldives, dried fish requirement to be produced locally

Measures were already underway to domestically produce the full requirement of the Maldives and dried fish, Kanchana Wijesekara, State Minister of Ornamental Fish, Inland Fish & Prawn Farming, Fishery Harbour Development, Multi-Day Fishing and Fish Exports said.

“For that, we have to give the community-based associations the right technology and know-how to do it in a hygienic way,” he said.

The National Aquatic Resources Research and Development Agency (NARA) and National Aquaculture Development Authority of Sri Lanka (NAQDA) and the Fisheries Department have worked out a plan to support 300 community-based associations who were doing dried fish in Maldives fish by giving them the technology, know-how and equipment and fish from the Ceylon Fisheries Corporation (CFC) with a buyback guarantee system from the CFC. Two of the pieces of machinery have been tested and would be ready to go in two weeks, he said.

The project would be funded by a 60% World Bank grant from the Agriculture Modernization Project and the balance 40% would be funded from the department, NAQDA, NARA and NERDC. He said after the first 100 units are done by the World Bank the rest of the units would be done by a loan scheme provided by BOC and People’s Bank.