The demand for Sri Lankan Tuna fish in the global market has increased rapidly. Minister Mahinda Amaraweera says its high nutritional level is the main reason. A kilo of Sri Lankan Tuna is sold at 20,000 rupees in the global market at present. The demand for Sri Lankan Tuna went up after the European Union lifted its ban on Sri Lanka fish exports.
The minister of Fisheries says with this development the government has decided to present the respective fish products under the brand name Sri Lankan Tuna. The main objective of this measure is to promote Sri Lankan Tuna similar to the Sri Lankan Tea.
Sri Lanka has exported more than 340 metric tons of fish after the European Union ban was lifted. Around 15,000 metric tons of fish are exported every week. Sri Lanka was only able to earn an income of 16 billion rupees from exporting fish annually when the European Union ban was effective. However now it has gone up to 20 billion rupees.