High export income from ornamental fish exports
Despite the current global crisis in major export markets, local
ornamental fish export recorded Rs 903 million exports earnings this
Ornamental fish displayed at the exhibition Pictures by
Secretary of Association of Live Tropical Fish Exporters of Sri Lanka
S.H.S. Akbar said they are planning to increase total earnings through
this sector by 5 per cent within three years. However there is a 40 per
cent decline in ornamental fish exports during the first six months due
to the global economic crisis.
“Our major export markets are USA, Japan and European Union. East
block of Europe, South and Central America are some of the potential
markets for Sri Lanka. Lufthansa is the only carrier that we can
accommodate our exports to these destinations,” he said.
“There are no direct flights and we need to send these items as
transit cargo to Middle East destinations. Exporters send their goods to
these destinations through SriLankan Airlines.
“Ornamental fish exporters spend a large amount of money for cargo
space and we would like to request from the national carrier to give
priority for perishable items such as ornamental fish when allocating
cargo space,” he said.
During the season it is difficult to find cargo space for our items
and we have noticed priority is given for transit cargo when it comes
from other countries. “When we delay shipments it will badly impact on
the quality of the ornamental fish. Giving priority for ornamental fish
exports at the air cargo is important for the development of this
industry,” he said.
“Though there is a dedicated terminal for air cargo such as
perishable items at the BIA, it has not commenced operations still.
“We request the authorities to make arrangements to commence
operations of this terminal and facilitate this business,” he said.