Modified multiday fishing vessel launched to reduce postharvest loss


COLOMBO (Information 1st) – The Meals and Agriculture Group of the United Nations (FAO) and the Ministry of Fisheries launched a modified multiday fishing vessel in Colombo to enhance the standard of fish and cut back postharvest loss within the Fisheries sector.

The FAO in a statment mentioned that fish merchandise are an necessary supply of animal protein for Sri Lanka and the sector contributes about 1.1 % to Sri Lanka’s GDP. 
Nevertheless, research by the Nationwide Aquatic Assets Analysis and Improvement Company (NARA) point out that the fish high quality loss in some harbours is at 60 – 70 %.

A number of the points contributing to those losses embrace the dearth of an sufficient cooling system in multi-day fishing vessels that use weeks-old ice to keep up low temperatures and the captured harvest not being dealt with or saved correctly by fishers, which reduces the standard of the general harvest and harm the underside layer of saved fish. 

To handle this challenge FAO, along with the Ministry of Fisheries and NARA, modified the design of a multi-day fishing vessel as a pilot challenge to introduce new boat designs that present an economically viable answer to attenuate the standard lack of fish harvests. By lowering the present post-harvest losses, the funding for the proposed new design will be recovered inside 3.5 years.

The modified multi-day vessel includes a pilot coolant system in fish holds and storage in addition to a modified fish holding facility to attenuate the bodily harm to fish on account of overload. The modified vessel was launched at an occasion in Colombo below the auspices of the Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena, the Minister of Fisheries, Douglas Devananda, State Minister of Fisheries, Piyal Nishantha de Silva, and the FAO Assistant Consultant for Sri Lanka, Nalin Munasinghe.

The Prime Minister, Dinesh Gunawardena highlighted the potential of the challenge stating, “I’m grateful to the Ministry and FAO for the efforts taken to introduce modern strategies to guard the dear harvests of the fisheries trade. This modern design will convey a number of advantages for the fisheries neighborhood by enabling them to guard the standard of their harvest.”

The Minister of Fisheries,  Douglas Devananda acknowledged, “I thank FAO, NARA, NERD, and different fisheries organizations that supported us on this initiative. We’re dedicated to introducing modern options to deal with the challenges confronted by the Fisheries neighborhood at the moment.”

Talking on the initiative Assistant FAO Consultant for Sri Lanka, Nalin Munasinghe acknowledged “This initiative is a vital step in introducing new know-how to the Fisheries sector that may cut back losses, enhance earnings and enhance the standard of fish accessible for customers. As FAO we’re dedicated to supporting the sustainable integration of know-how and innovation to strengthen Sri Lanka’s journey to turning into a food-secure nation.”

Along with its companions, FAO in Sri Lanka is dedicated to addressing pressing meals safety wants, whereas bettering the capability of the fisheries and agriculture sectors to assist Sri Lanka’s journey to turning into a food-secure nation.




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