Mar 17, Colombo: Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Mahinda Amaraweera has ordered a company which sold substandard fishing nets to fishermen to refund the money for the nets.
Minister Mahinda Amaraweera issued this order when the representatives of the fishermen who purchased the fishing nets manufactured by a certain company in Sri Lanka met with the Minister Friday at the Ministry.
Representatives of the manufacturer as well as the fishing community and ministry officials also participated in the meeting.
The fishermen representatives who brought the substandard fishing nets to the meeting said the nets get torn when a big fish is caught in the nets and pointed out that their hard work in the seas are in vein since they have to return to shore empty-handed.
They demonstrated to the Minister how easily the nets are getting ripped.
The fisher community pointed out that a fisherman had to spend Rs. 800,000 to purchase fishing nets from the company and hundreds of such fishermen have become helpless now due to the purchase of their nets.
Listening to the fishermen's woes, the Minister instructed the manufacturer to immediately refund the money to the fishermen who purchased the low quality nets.
Minister Amaraweera warned the manufacturer that the company would be black listed if it fails to refund the money and said then they will have to produce mosquito nets instead of producing fishing nets.
The Minister instructed the Ministry officials to further look into this matter and also to launch a program to assess the quality of fishing equipment in the market.
However, the Minister instructed the officials to also watch closely at the steps taken by the company regarding the substandard fishing nets.