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UK grants 1 million USD to help marginal fishing communities

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The United Kingdom has decided to grant over USD 1 million to strengthen food and nutrition security of marginal fishing communities in the country.

The funds are allocated through the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to strengthen the food and nutrition security of marginal fishers in Tangalle, Negombo, Colombo, Kalutara, Galle, Matara, Puttalam, Chilaw, and Mannar of Sri Lanka in light of World Fisheries Day (November 21) being celebrated this week.

“We recognize that the fisheries sector in Sri Lanka has been going through a very difficult period. The UK is contributing £880,000 to help address some of the challenges faced by those working in this industry. The support will focus on increasing access to nutritious food and other essentials for families.” British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, Sarah Hulton OBE stsed while announcing the the support.

Accordingly eligible fishers will receive 47 USD per month for a period of 3 months in unconditional cash transfers to help affected households meet their essential needs, including immediate food and livelihood requirements, the statement said.

The UK High Commissioner added the UK recognizes the fisheries sector in Sri Lanka has been going through a very difficult period and therefore the contribution will focus on increasing access to nutritious food and other essentials for families.

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