VMS Initiated …
The agreements were signed for the Fisheries Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) of Sri Lanka on 12th November 2012. Hon. Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Dr. Rajitha Senaratne who chaired the occasion, mentioned that “With this initiative, Sri Lanka will be able to operate a comprehensive VMS system and thus will be able to comply with the major concern of EU and will be able to avoid the possible banning of fish exports”.
50 High sea vessels will be included to the VMS system initially and the progress will be reported to the EU immediately.
Distribution of Fishing Equipments Under Alternative Fuel Subsidy Scheme
Distribution of Fishing Equipments of Kaluthara District under Alternative Fuel subsidy scheme was initiated on September 2014 with the participation of Hon. Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Dr. Rajitha Senaratne. Accordingly distributions of the fishing equipments of all the other fisheries Districts were initiated. It is expected to distribute fisheries equipments for about 28000 motorized boat owners. Fisheries equipments will be handed over to the boat owners of OFRP and MTRB boats initially. Total cost of the project is about Rs. Mn. 4260.
Reduction of the Fuel prices
- HE The President Mahinda Rajapaksa announced the reduction of prices at the inauguration of Unit II of the Norochcholai Power Plant.
- The price of kerosene was reduced by 20 rupees per liter.
- Price of a liter of petrol will be reduced by five rupees and while the price of a diesel liter is reduced by three rupees.
The reduction will benefits fishermen around the country as 95% of the mechanized fisheries boats are operated by Kerosene oil and rest is operated by diesel.
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Kalamatiya fisheries harbour construction commenced
The inaugural ceremony for the construction of the kalamatiya Fishery Harbour which had been a request of the fisher folk over a long period of time in the Hambantota District was initiated at 10.30 a.m. on 28th June 2014 Under the patronage of the Hon. Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development, Dr.Rajitha Senaratne.
Monetary provisions were made under the budgetary proposals for the development of this Kalametiya harbor and a cost of Rs. 900 million has been estimated for the construction. The main project office for the construction work was also established at the head office of Cey Nor Foundation.