June 14, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has taken measures to increase the per capita fish consumption of the public as a solution to prevent malnutrition among the population.
Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Dr. Rajitha Senaratne said his Ministry has made arrangements to implement wide ranging programs to improve the livelihood, food security, and nutrition level of the population through the fisheries sector.
Speaking to the national radio, the Minister explained that fish provides 72 percent of the animal protein requirements of the Sri Lankan population.
The per capita fish intake of Sri Lanka has increased from 22 grams per day in 2009 to 45 grams per day now but it is still far below the target of 60gms/ day, based on WHO recommendations to prevent malnutrition.
The Minister also noted that the visit of Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Director General to Sri Lanka in October will provide the opportunity to discuss important issues towards eradication of malnutrition from Sri Lanka.