Local News: The Ceylon Fisheries Corporation has accelerated fishermen’s purchase of fish, the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources said today, a program to purchase fish from owners of fishing vessels began at Dickovita Fisheries Harbor on Tuesday and this would be expanded to all other fishing harbors in the next few days. To examine the progress of this initiative, Minister Douglas Devananda visited the harbour.
The release said Minister Douglas Devananda will be discussing with the president and the prime minister and setting up a system for speeding up fish purchases from fishing vessels soon.
This promise came in the face of concerns from some Fisheries Groups that their catch was not sold. The minister said the Fisheries Corporation would make every effort to buy the fish from the fisheries community.
The government also granted permission during the curfew hours for the transportation and unloading of fish, considering the appeals made by the fishing community.
Minister of Transport Services Management Mahinda Amaraweera said that those working in the fisheries sector would be permitted to bring fish. Fisheries groups are also permitted to participate in all fishing-related activities without any disruption during the curfew hours.
This decision was taken during a meeting of Party Leaders chaired by Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa. Party leaders said fishing communities were facing great difficulties because their catch was not permitted to be shipped during the hours of curfew.
Prime Minister Rajapaksa has instructed the Acting IGP to take measures to ensure fishermen are able to transport their produce without any trouble.