UK offers US $ 1 Mn for marginal fishers

COLOMBO (Information 1st) – – The UK by way of the Meals and Agriculture Group of the United Nations (FAO) is offering GBP 880,000 (USD 1,043,395) to strengthen the meals and diet safety of marginal fishers.

The communities are recognized in Tangalle, Negombo, Colombo, Kalutara, Galle, Matara, Puttalam, Chilaw, and Mannar.

In mild of World Fisheries Day (21 November) being celebrated this week, the British Excessive Commissioner to Sri Lanka, Sarah Hulton OBE introduced the assist stating “We acknowledge that the fisheries sector in Sri Lanka has been going by way of a really tough interval. The UK is contributing £880,000 to assist handle among the challenges confronted by these working on this business. The assist will concentrate on growing entry to nutritious meals and different necessities for households.”

FAO will make the most of the contribution of the British authorities to assist over 5,000 small-scale marine artisanal fishers utilizing non-motorized conventional boats, who’ve historically been amongst the poorest throughout the fishing neighborhood. 

Eligible fishers will obtain 47 USD per 30 days for a interval of three months in unconditional money transfers to assist affected households meet their important wants, together with fast meals and livelihood necessities.

The Minister of Fisheries, Hon. Douglas Devananda appreciated the assist prolonged to the fisheries neighborhood “Fish has historically been a major supply of protein and a significant supply of international alternate earnings for the nation. We should stand with the fishing neighborhood throughout these instances to make sure they’ll proceed their valued work which contributes to the meals safety and monetary stability of the nation. I thank the British authorities and FAO for supporting the neighborhood.”

Talking on the initiative FAO Consultant for Sri Lanka and the Maldives, Mr Vimlendra Sharan acknowledged “Small-scale fishers have been confronted with a number of challenges this 12 months. Decreased fishing days per week, decreased fish catch, and diminished demand as a result of fall in buying energy in rural areas have all considerably impacted this group. 

As FAO we’re dedicated to defending the livelihoods of weak fishers throughout this disaster and thank the UK for extending their assist for the fisheries neighborhood.”

Along with its companions, FAO in Sri Lanka is addressing pressing meals safety wants, defending the livelihoods of weak farmers and fishers in probably the most affected districts whereas selling agriculture, together with in city settings.

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