Oct 30, Colombo: Fisheries Minister Douglas Devananda has initiated identification of suitable sites for large scale projects in the Kilinochchi District for export crops cultivation.
The identification and mapping of suitable locations in the Kilinochchi District to promote marine aquaculture and related activities have been initiated by the Minister of Fisheries, Douglas Devananda.
The program drafted by NARA on the concept of aquaculture development to obtain the contribution of the Northern Province for the production of goods needed for export and to boost productivity through sustainable fisheries development, sustainable marine conservation and sustainable fisheries activities has been implemented by the Minister’s initiative.
Accordingly, work on 61 maps, including 14 maps in two selected areas in Nachikuda and 47 maps in other areas, was completed last week.
In addition, 28 maps have been identified in the Pasal area and 13 maps have been prepared to provide lands to the applicants who have applied for this project from the Granch area in the coming days.
Meanwhile, 85 maps have been prepared for the use of 103 acres of land belong to the Northern Diocese.
Accordingly, preliminary work has been done to start new projects in these areas.
The first is the introduction of seafood production in aquaculture using modern methods with the support of private investors and the people in the villages.
The projects are also designed to protect the livelihoods of fishermen engaged in fishing activities which have been described by researchers as harmful to marine resources and to turn them into fisheries entrepreneurs
Minister Devananda has instructed to start 200 aquaculture units in Kilinochchi and to extend these projects to Mannar and Jaffna districts.