Sri Lankans To Have Own Maldive Fish

The Fish Site
by The Fish Site
1 August 2011, at 1:00am

SRI LANKA - After establishing Sri Lankas first fish canning factory in Galle last week, the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources is set to start up a Maldive fish production factory in the Kalutara district.

The Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Dr Rajitha Senaratne said that a businessman from Japan had agreed to set up the factory. It is expected that the agreement will be signed within a month. The factory is to be established in the industrial park of Kalutara.

The Minister said that Sri Lanka imported 6,000 to 8,000 metric tons of Maldive fish annually and the market price of a kilo of Maldive fish is around Rs. 2,000.

The Minister expressed hopes that the consumers would be able to purchase Maldive fish at half the price after the factory started production.