CPC provides fishermen with 500,000 liters of fuel daily

COLOMBO (News 1st) – Ceylon Petroleum Corporation has agreed to supply 500,000 liters of kerosene to fishing ports every day, according to the Ministry of Fisheries.

Its secretary, Indu Karunaratne, said the agreement was reached during a discussion on the fishermen’s fuel issue.

Therefore, kerosene is released to fishing ports and selected fuel stations.

The secretary said about 27,000 fishing vessels have been registered for this purpose.

Most of these vessels are engaged in routine fishing and in the past the main problem they faced was a shortage of kerosene.

Meanwhile, a special program was launched on Saturday (29th) to identify the deficiencies of fishing ports and the problems faced by fishermen.

Minister Karunaratne said the minister in charge and her team, including her, will be engaged in inspection tours of ports, including Kirinda Fishing Port, as well as other ports in Tangalle, Puranawela and Sudwela.

The program aims to identify the economic problems faced by fishing families, especially in the context of the current economic crisis.

She added that relief will be provided to them soon.

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