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President Rajapaksa declares open Dickowita fisheries harbour

President Rajapaksa declares open Dickowita fisheries harbour
President Rajapaksa declares open
 Dickowita fisheries harbour

South Asia largest fisheries harbour 

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa declared open the Dikkowita Fisheries Harbor constructed at a cost of Euro 51 million (Rs. 850 million) on 18 January 2013.The Dikkowita largest fisheries harbour in South Asia project, commenced in 2008, has been funded by a soft loan of Euro 41 million from the Government of Netherlands, HSBC Bank, and the government of Sri Lanka.

South Asia largest fisheries harbour
South Asia largest fisheries harbour
The harbor has facilities for bunkering shipping vessels with four ice plants, four cool rooms, and fuel sheds, a large fish processing area, a large canteen, a fish net repairing facility and remote control operated boat lifting facility. It also has a fish auction hall, parking space for large containers and vehicles, and a special waste disposal system.
The Managing Director of Ceylon Fishery Harbor Corporation, Lal Samarasinghe has said that the harbor would bring in valuable foreign exchange and would also help Sri Lanka to be self-sufficient in fish products.

The Director has pointed out that the close vicinity of the harbor to the Katunayake international airport is advantageous to the foreign trawler operators.

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