Fishermen should be high income earners:Rajitha

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A Fisheries Bank is to be established for the benefit of 175,000 fishermen and to make the fishing industry one of the leading export oriented ventures, Dr. Rajitha Senaratne Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Minister said.

 “Our immediate objective is to bring fishermen to the high income category and increase the export earnings to one billion US dollars by 2015. This will not be a difficult task if a bank is established with the initial capital raised by the fishermen themselves,” Minister Senaratne stressed.

 The Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Ministry has taken measures to establish ‘Fishermen’s Societies’ and a National Fishermen’s Convention has already been called.  Fishermen will be provided with soft loans, fishing gear and boats through Fishermen’s Societies.

 Minister Senaratne pointed out that the soft loan schemes launched with the assistance of the Bank of Ceylon and People’s Bank grant loans on easy payment terms up to Rs.20 million under ‘Diyawara Diriya’ programme.

 Dr. Senaratne added that he expects to draw the attention of President Mahinda Rajapaksa on the matter and also discuss it with the Central Bank shortly. (Sandun.A.Jayasekera) 

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  • krishna Tuesday, 06 September 2011 12:38 PM

    Yes ,but it won`t happen under you.

    TopHat Tuesday, 06 September 2011 02:18 PM

    Go along the beach from Dehiwala to Moratuwa and you can see as to who is bluffing whom. It is Coogans bluff.

    Leslie Tuesday, 06 September 2011 02:21 PM

    Mr Minister before you make the Fisheries industry export oriented, please see that for local consumption there is sufficient fish made available at reasonable prices.

    nSathees Tuesday, 06 September 2011 03:13 PM

    In reality the middle men earn more.

    joe Tuesday, 06 September 2011 03:48 PM

    it's a good idea. we never ever think to keep the fisherman in a low income level but the problem is that we have to buy fish at very high prices even the fishing catches goes up .this situation creates by the overloaded fish sellers.many people try to make their living by selling fish.then they keep a good margin and sell at a very high rates.this must be stopped immediately

    Reply Wednesday, 07 September 2011 05:55 AM

    Although there is no "cultivation cost", fishermen (specially multiday fishermen) have to spend roughly about Rs. 4-5lakhs (average) for a fishing trip.
    The fuel cost is so high, also they have to take food and water for days. Not to mention the harsh conditions on the sea risking there lives.
    So don't under estimate what they do.

    chandra Tuesday, 06 September 2011 10:47 AM

    Yes because there is no cultivation cost. Only harvesting.

    When Boy was small Tuesday, 06 September 2011 10:58 AM

    but fish is sold as they (seller) have fed

    Fishmonger Tuesday, 06 September 2011 11:07 AM

    BIG talk from these ministers is nothing new.He will encourage fishing 24x7 and deplete all our fisheries stock.Is this big talking minister aware that the island nation of Palau has declared it entire sea as a maritime park and no commercial fishing is done.Thats how precious sea life,fish is.

    Minister Tuesday, 06 September 2011 11:02 AM

    Kathawa dolawen, but gamana is always payine!

    Minister Tuesday, 06 September 2011 11:03 AM

    Does that mean that we are going to see a Singaproe in coastal areas? Fantastic!

    Concerned Tuesday, 06 September 2011 11:06 AM

    It seems as if the Minister is still pulling a net from the sea all by himself!

    Concerned Tuesday, 06 September 2011 11:07 AM

    After all these years, it is only now the Minister is getting ready to have talks!


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