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Minister to look into shortage of fishing gear for multi-day boats

The county’s fisheries industry has been severely affected by the acute shortage of boats, spare parts, batteries, fish hooks, fishing nets, etc. This was revealed by a team of officers of the All Ceylon Multi-Day Fishing Vessels Owners’ Federation at a meeting with Fisheries Minister Douglas Devananda held at the Ministry recently.

They said that the boat owners were still suffering from the scarcity of diesel, kerosene and petrol which has hindered their routine fishing activities.

The multi-day boats owners further brought to the notice of the Fisheries Minister that the companies mandated for repairing the VMS machines charged exorbitant rates for repairs.

The Minister pledged that he would take up the matter with the companies.

Minister Devananda obtained a list of the most needed equipment not available in the market at present from the boat owners and promised that he would speak to the President about their grievances to look into the possibility of importing the equipment.

The Minister instructed the Ministry officials who were present at the meeting to take immediate action to discuss with the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation, the Lanka Indian Oil Company and the Power and Energy Ministry authorities to get an adequate quota of fuel for the multi-day boats.

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