Inaugurating Tuesday (19) yet another application developed by the ICT Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA) – Fish information SMS - Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Minister Dr. Rajitha extolled the value of ICT. “ICT is a basic requirement of everyone and not a luxury of the elite”, the Minister asserted.
Bouquets for ICTA and Ceylon fisheries Corporation (CFC)
“ICTA has contributed splendidly for bringing the optimum ICT benefits to all”, Minister Senaratne commended while speaking further at the kick-off held at the Fishery Harbours Corporation (CFHC), Colombo.
Extending the tribute to his own his Ministry staff as well the Minister pointed out the great improvements achieved by the Ministry for the benefit of the people. Fish-based exports have been increased 38% while imports reduced by 23%. The Corporation’s loss has been reduced from Rs. 123 million to Rs. 19 million. Fisheries Corporation fish is sold at 123 Fisheries Corporation own sales centres and 225 outlets at CWE shops.
Ensuring availability of quality fish at affordable price
Referring to plans for ensuring the availability of quality fish at affordable price the Minister went on to say:“We want to extend the sales network so that soon we will have 250 CFC sales centres and 250 outlets at CWE shops for CFC fish. One of our aims is to reduce the price of fish mainly by removing the increase in price of fish caused intermediaries. Another of our main objectives is to provide to the citizen quality fish at reduced price”.