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Sri Lanka Holds Workshop on Aquaculture Development

31 December 2013

SRI LANKA - The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce with their partners, AB Partners AS in the Sri Lanka-Norway Business Matchmaking Program (BMMP) organised a workshop at the CCC Boardroom. The focus of the workshop was to invite all stakeholders to discuss about the future developments in Aquaculture in Sri Lanka.

Aquaculture is considered to be the predominant sector for future growth internationally and represents an interesting business opportunities for the private sector in Sri Lanka. In the international scene, the aquaculture production is almost catching up with the wild catch, reports the Nation.

The Workshop was well-attended by the fish farming community, officials from the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, National Aquaculture Development Authority (NAQDA), National Aquatic Resources Research and Development Authority (NARA), Universities and other organisations involved in fishery sector.

Prema Cooray from the CCC welcomed the participants and Chairman AB Partners AS Inge Reithaug explained about the successful performance of the BMMP in the past and emphasized that the next year will be focused on initiating Aquaculture projects.

Chairman of NAQDA, Jayantha Chandrasoma, made a comprehensive presentation about the numerous types of Aquaculture Projects that are considered commercially viable in the sea and inland in Sri Lanka. The participants were really surprised at the vast opportunities available in the sector, which were hitherto unknown to most of them.

Fishery and Aquaculture expert from Norway, Asbjorn Drenstig who conducted the workshop spoke about the huge strides Norway has made in the Aquaculture Sector to become the world leader in technology. He also mentioned that this workshop originated from the findings from the delegation that visited Aqua-Nor International Exhibition in Norway organized by the BMMP.

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