Written by Staff Writer
04 Apr, 2020 | 9:21 pm
COLOMBO (News 1st): The government permitted fishermen to go out to sea even during the curfew. The Trincomalee Wholesale Fish Market was kept open in line with that decision. Accordingly, fishermen were able to bring their catch directly to the market. However, a surplus was seen after fishermen had caught large stocks of fish during this period.
Our correspondent stated that there is no mechanism to distribute the excess stocks among other areas in the country. News 1st made inquiries regarding this matter from Trincomalee District Secretary Asanka Abeywardena.
On a conversation over the phone, the Trincomalee District Secretary, Asanka Abeywardena said:
“We received several complaints of people from high-risk zones engaging in trade in the market. Therefore, the health ministry instructed us to close down the Trincomalee Fish Market and to implement another mechanism in this regard. Therefore, we have decided to close down the market from tomorrow.”
Fishermen at the Dikowita Fisheries Harbour have also been affected as they are unable to sell their catch. They allege that officials have not paid attention to this problem.
The Director-General of the Department of Fisheries, Prasanna Ginige said:
“The Department of Fisheries and the Ministry of Fisheries is making arrangements to process the catch of the fishermen. We are receiving around 400,000 kilos of fish daily from various parts of the country. There is a committee under the Presidential Task Force on production and distribution. This committee will examine as to whether goods are being distributed among the public. We will take steps to implement an efficient distribution system although the situation is not conducive.”
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