Plans to develop Wanami Shrimp farming in Puttalam district targeting $600 mn export income

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Plans to develop Wanami Shrimp farming in Puttalam district targeting $600 mn export income


Sun, Jul 18, 2021, 08:57 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

July 18, Colombo: A special discussion was held at the Ministry of Trade recently on the development of “Wanami” shrimp farming in the Puttalam District.

Kanchana Wijesekera, State Minister of Ornamental Fish, Inland Fish & Shrimp Farming, Fishery Harbour Development, Multi day Fishing Activities and Fish Exports Kanchana Wijesekera also participated in the meeting which was chaired by Trade Minister Dr. Bandula Gunawardena.

At present there are about 2,924 shrimp farms in the Puttalam District. The project to develop Wanami shrimp farming aims to achieve an export income of US $ 600 million within 3 years. Introducing a biological life protection system for the existing shrimp farming and increasing the shrimp production by 100,000 metric tons within a period of three years have been identified as other objectives.

Accordingly, a one year interest free loan for shrimp farmers and a number of new project proposals related to marine fisheries resources were also discussed.

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