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‘Lanka ships 2% of world’s ornamental fish supply’

Sri Lanka now stakes more than two percent of a claim in the global ornamental fish trade-annually. “Now we have more than two percent share of global ornamental fish market which is around $ 340 Mn.

We are also now recognised as one of the best ornamental fish suppliers to the international market” revealed Rishad Bathiudeen, Minister of Industry and Commerce yesterday at the Export Development Board on the Aquarama 2013 event in Singapore.

More than 300 competitors from 10 countries, submitting 1350 entries, were taking part in the highly competitive Aquarama 2013 international ornamental fishery event held in Singapore 28 May to 2 June. 17 Sri Lankan firms, facilitated and sponsored by EDB, competing in the event won 30 awards.

“That Sri Lanka has been placed as the second largest awards winner in Asia’s biggest, international ornamental fish and accessories exhibition Aquarama 2013 is a great achievement for this sector.

In the 2013 Singapore event we have won 30 awards and are in second place, in comparison to Singapore which is the number one ornamental fish exporting country, in the world” Minister Bathiudeen said and added: “Therefore this is not only an honor for Sri Lanka but also an important development for our ornamental fish industry.

EDB has sponsored 17 participants at this event and submitted 232 entries in various fish categories.

In the commendable 2012 budget proposals by President Mahinda Rajapaksa, provisions have been made to upgrade facilities of exporters to increase the quality of fish exported from Sri Lanka.

This is another stepping stone, towards our $ 20 Bn export target, by 2020. The value of ornamental fish exports in 2012 stood at $ 7.52 Mn. The major export markets, for our aquarium fish, are Japan, USA, UK, Germany and France. We began ornamental fish exports in 1950’s.

We have more than two percent share of global ornamental fish market which is annually around $ 340 Mn. I am pleased to say that now we are recognized as one of the best ornamental fish suppliers to the international market.”

Rohan Fernando, Co-President of Live Tropical Fish Exporters Association, addressing the event, said: “The backbone of fish exports are the fish breeders of this country. But exporters have been starving without new species to breed and export.

Fortunately, the Aquarama event, promoted by EDB here, has come to the rescue.” In the budget proposal 2012, provisions have been made to set up/upgrade quarantine and withholding facilities of exporters to increase the quality of fish exporting from Sri Lanka. The EDB IS the implementing agency for the programme.

 

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