Inland fisheries industry thrives in A'pura
With the commencement of the renovation and rehabilitation of a large
number of major medium and small scale tanks in the Anuradhapura
district, the potentiality is being created for the elevation of inland
Presently there are several numbers of Donor assisted programmes to
develop irrigated agriculture sector in the North Central Province being
funded by the JBIC World Bank, CARE plan Sri Lanka and local bodies.
Under the Pro-poor Economic Advancement and Community Enhancement
project (PEACE) funded by the Japanese Bank for International
Corporation 100 tanks are under renovation. In addition over 25,000
families coming under the project are encouraged to start income
generating self employment ventures.
In the meantime, the IFAD (International Fund for Agricultural
Development) funded Dry Zone Livelihood support and partnership
programme has undertaken to renovate and rehabilitate 304 micro tanks in
most difficult villages in the Anuradhapura district. Economist,
Karunaratne of the DZLISPP Anuradhapura district project office told the
Daily News that a small tank in a village is an ideal place for inland
fishery. The DZLISPP undertakes the renovation of micro tanks with
command areas not exceeding 10ha he said.
Inland fisheries will be promoted among 90,000 poorest families in
the 18 Divisional Secretariat jurisdictions in the district on par with
the progress being achieved in the implementation of tank renovation
North Central Province Chief Minister Berty Premalal Dissanayake
speaking on the development activities in the field of inland fishery
industry in the zone said he has instructed the authorities to promote
the industry jointly with Samurdhi movement, and district farmers
organisations and the National Aqua Cultural Development Authority.
The Pradeshiya Sabha Chairman in the district have been directed to
help the provincial inland fisheries department to start fisheries
societies so that the farmers interested societies in inland fishery
industry could be registered under the societies.
He said the Provincial Cooperative department would patronise in
going on with the programme. The target of the PC is to promote the
industry as a high income generating venture and become self-sufficient
in the stuff within the province.
The provincial inland fisheries extension officer Rajaguru said they
were prepared to place fish varieties such as common Carp, Rohu, Catla
and Thilapia in the form of fingerlings in the tanks being rehabilitated
and existing net work of tanks giving priority to major irrigation
projects. The department has spent nearly Rs. 7 million on this project