The Government is considering a campaign to induce the farming community with an upgraded system both in marine and fresh water habitats. This will be carried out at district level and an island wide a new programme will be introduced with the assistance of District Secretaries and other Government officials, a press statement issued by the Information Department said yesterday.
Quoting Chairman of the Aquaculture Development Authority, Munidasa Premachandra, the statement said that discussions were held with the participation of Kurunagela District Secretary and other officials with regard to the new programme and of establishing training centers islandwide last week.
With the implementation of this new programme it is expected to provide a proper and well organized knowledge for the people engaged in this industry. This additional knowledge and the strategies given would help the people of the industry to have a clear understanding of the principles that should apply in fish cultivation.
Further the Chairman said that under the directions of the Minister, the Authority is planning to expand the existing 18 training centers which are currently located in Dambulla, Udathalawa, Inginiyagala up to 50 centers island wide.
He further stated that in the Districts of Anuradhapura,Polonnaruwa, Hambanthota, Kurunegala, Puttalam, and in Monaragala irrigated lands will be used in fish cultivation.
The Government along with the contribution of the private sector has improved many areas in Trincomalee and Batticoloa to develop prawn cultivation. The initial steps of this project are completed by now.
The distribution of the breeding cultures is successfully carried out by the North-Western, Southern and Upcountry development Authority. The United Nations Organization is engaged in this activity in the District of Vavuniya.
The Authorities have identified fish with a higher demand in the market and will concern more to cultivate them on large scale with modern technology.
Ornamental fish cultivation will also be upgraded to compete with other competitors in the international market to earn a large amount of foreign exchange.