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Sri Lanka's leading economic contributor within two years:

Fisheries industry to be fully developed - Minister Senaratne

The fisheries industry will become the leading contributor to the Sri Lankan economy within the next two years. It has been projected to provide about a 24 percent contribution to the country's economy by the end of this year and a 50 percent contribution to the economy by 2013, Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Minister Dr Rajitha Senaratne said.


Minister Dr
Rajitha Senaratne.

The minister said that measures are in place to complete infrastructure and other facilities of fisheries harbours, anchorages and fish landing centres with the aim of achieving international standards.

"Construction of fisheries harbours, anchorages and fish landing centres along the coastal areas, which are essential to Sri Lanka's fisheries industry development will be completed by the end of 2013," he said.

The minister said that arrangements are underway to complete the construction of the Mannar and Gandara fisheries harbours. He said that these projects will be completed by next year.

Minister Senaratne explained that according to planned constructions, fisheries harbours, anchorages, and fish landing centres in the Northern province will be completed by the end of this year.

The Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Ministry will also build another six new fisheries harbours, including the Dodanduwa fisheries harbour soon.

"With the end of the war, fishing activities in the North have increased tremendously. The daily catch includes large prawns and crabs in addition to various varieties of fish," the minister said.

He said these bring fishermen a good daily income. "The fisheries sector is Sri Lanka's third most important contributor to the economic growth. It is second only to agriculture and tourism."

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