Aug 10, Colombo: State Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development and Rural Economy, Dilip Wedaarachchi, says that under the Gamperaliya rural development program aquaculture farming will be introduced at home garden level.
Minister Wedaarachchi, who gave the instructions to the officials of the National Aquaculture Development Authority including the Chairman Nuwan Prasanna Madavanarachchi, instructed them to prepare a program for monitoring the progress of the program.
This home garden aquaculture project is being implemented under the aquaculture program of the fisheries sector in order to empower rural people.
Under the program, assistance and advice, training and other facilities for backyard fish farming will be provided by the National Aquaculture Development Authority.
The National Aquaculture Development Authority says this backyard fish farming will be a source of additional income as well as a self-employment.
The Ministry has allocated Rs. 200 million in 2018 for increasing the fish breeding capacity and out of that Rs. 50.74 million has been spent by 30 June 2018. During the six months 6.5 million fish fingerlings and 14.60 million of fish fry have been deposited in aquaculture farms.