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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2835

Sri Lanka’s ornamental fish exports on the rise

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

Colombo, 21 May, ( Sri Lanka’s exporters of ornamental and marine live fish varieties have received orders worth over US$ 100,000 from European buyers after recently attending Interzoo – All Pets Exhibition held in New Hamburg, Germany.

Over 25 Sri Lankan exporters have displayed their ornamental and marine live fish varieties and the export Development Board had assisted the exporters to maintain their costs.

‘Some of exporters attended individually and the Live and Tropical Fish Exporters also sent a delegation said a senior live fish exporter in Sri Lanka.

Commenting his views and experience after the short visit, he said that international buyers, who represent ex-socialist countries, have shown their interest to purchase fresh water and marine fish varieties from Sri Lanka.

‘We have received confirmed orders from them, he said. However he declined to provide details about the orders and said the visit was very successful.

However the exporters said that they need an airline to carry live cargoes in their regular flights to their European destinations.

‘If we have two freights per week, all exporters can send their orders. At present the exporters pay high price for the air lines as US$3.75 per kilogram,” he said.

Speaking to media, an exporter who wishes to remain anonymous said that, Srilankan Airlines has not enough space to help them in their exports. He further said that however International airlines, namely Cathy-Pacific, Etihad, Swiss Air, Kuwait Airways and Qatar Airways have offered spaces in their flights to ornamental fish cargoes.

- Asian Tribune -

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