Construction of four multipurpose fishery harbors will be completed in the next two years to economically empower the fisher community in Sri Lanka, State Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Dilip Wedaarachchi said.
State Minister emphasized that the people in North as well as the entire fisher community require to be economically empowered. Accordingly, the construction of the multi-purpose fishery harbors need to be expeditiously completed and their benefits should be delivered to the public in a short span of time.
State Minister Wedaarachchi expressed these views at a recent meeting with a high-level delegation of South Korean Fisheries Ministry. The seven-member delegation was headed by the Director of the Korean Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries Kweon Jun Young and the Deputy Director Seo, Dong Hyun.
The Korean delegates expressed their consent to the Minister that the feasibility reports related to the establishment of the four multi-purpose fishery harbors be designed by their country on a free of charge basis. They also stated that the construction of the harbors will be completed within two years according to the request of the Minister.
The multipurpose fishery harbors are planned to be established in Chalai, Delft, Madakal and Udappuwa with a view to realizing fisheries, tourism and commercial purposes. It was also decided to design the four harbors to ensure a 5m depth to provide access for large vessels.
The Korean delegates have visited the Chilaw – Udappuwa area where the first multi-purpose fishery harbor is planned to be established.