Sri Lanka to see record fisheries export revenue this year: official

Source: Xinhua| 2021-12-22 18:41:22|Editor: huaxia

COLOMBO, Dec. 22 (Xinhua) -- Export revenue from Sri Lanka's fisheries sector is on track to reach a record high in 2021, State Minister of Fisheries Kanchana Wijesekera said.

The state minister said on Twitter on Monday that Sri Lanka's fisheries exports amounted to 287 million U.S. dollars by the end of November.

Local media reported that the figure marked an increase of 33.5 percent from the fisheries export revenue of 215 million U.S. dollars for the whole year of 2020.

According to Wijesekera, the export revenue growth was led by the export of prawns which has increased by 181 percent compared to the same period last year.

Data from the fisheries ministry showed that Sri Lanka's balance of fish trade has recorded a surplus of 170.98 million U.S. dollars by the end of November, largely as a result of a 68-percent reduction in the import of canned fish in a push for self-sufficiency.

The main markets for Sri Lanka's edible fish products are the European Union (EU) and the United States. Enditem

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