Radio for Lankan seafarers turns one year
Dr. Minister Rajitha Senaratne
"Sayura Radio" is a milestone in the broadcasting industry of Sri
Lanka. The Mahinda Chinthana has fulfilled the long felt need for a
separate frequency for the fishing community. This service has bridged
the gap between the family and the fishermen in the deep sea.
Those who live abroad can also easily access this service via online.
Sayura radio has successfully completed its one year service,
Coordinator of the frequency D.S.N. Rajapaksa said.
This service was launched on a concept by Fisheries and Aquatic
Resources Development Minister Rajitha Senaratne for the sake of
thousands of fishermen of this country.
The Coordinator said that the expatriate Sri Lankans even in America,
England, France, Canada, Germany, and Australia also listen to "Sayura
Radio". Programs are transmitted from midnight to 4.00 am.
This service is available via the frequencies of 92.2 FM, 87.6 FM,
91.2 FM, 95.0 FM, 102.6 FM, and 94.4 FM across the country. Programs are
aired on Sayura Radio with the contribution of Sri Lanka Broadcasting
Corporation (SLBC). This service is becoming popular among even the
general public. Sayura Radio is not only a entertainment frequency, but
it airs knowledgeable as well as educational programs daily during its
air time. The listeners can make their requests over the hot line
At the studios
Sayura Radio Coordinator D.S.N. Rajapaksa with Ministry officers
Sayura radio staff with SLBC chairman Hudson Samarasinghe
Special discussions are aired from time to time on Sayura Radio for
the benefit of fishermen and their families. It can be accessed to
Sayura on www.slbe.lk. daily from midnight to 4.00 am, according to
A Sri Lankan who is living abroad also tabled various productive
ideas and proposals in relation to the development of Sayura Radio.
While entertaining the fishermen the Sayura Radio helps in a huge scale
to improve the fisheries industry.
A Sri Lankan who is living in USA has made a request to the Fisheries
Ministry on Sayura Radio whether a mechanism can be formulated by the
Fisheries Corporation to distribute aquatic products to his relatives in
Sri Lanka through online payment. The Fisheries Ministry is receiving
such requests frequently over Sayura Radio from various parts of the
world, the Coordinator said.
This frequency can be used as a mode to raise the income of the
If the settlements are made in foreign currencies the income of the
corporation could be doubled, he said.
The Coordinator of Sayura Radio said that he has forwarded this
message to Fisheries Minister Rajitha Senaratne.
Sayura Radio communicates with the expatriate communities. The
Fisheries Ministry plans to upgrade its website with a view to ease
online payments to Fisheries Corporation, an officer attached to the
Fisheries Ministry said.
The only hope of the expatriates is reliable service from the
Fisheries Corporation, the officer said.
Minister Senaratne has taken moves to implement this system shortly.
The Ministry plans to launch a website to deal with Sri Lankan
Sayura Radio will be the main coordinator of this program. Now a
conference system is also available in Sayura radio. The listeners raise
various questions from us in relation to the fisheries industries of
this country, according to the officer.
Coordinator Rajapaksa further said that Sri Lanka's canned fish
industry can also be promoted over Sayura Radio easily. Eventhough there
are certain shortcomings in the service Sayura Radio renders a great
service to the fishing community.
The Fisheries Ministry plans to improve the canned fish industry in
Sri Lanka. Over 124,000 cans of fish are consumed daily in Sri Lanka.
Only 10,000 cans can be produced in the Galle factory. Nearly 12
factories must be set up to cater to the local demand.
When we achieve self-sufficiency, the excessive production can be
exported. Meanwhile, a large amount of money spent on canned fish
imports can be saved, the Fisheries Ministry sources said.
Various programs are aired such as the choice of fishermen, special
weather forecast depending on the information received from Meteorology
Department and NARA, the officer said.
NARA informs the fishermen over Sayura Radio of fish locations. It
airs productive tips to fishermen from time to time.
On the other hand, the fishermen are given proper guidelines on how
to obtain fisheries loans and how to use it in a productive way.
The Sayura Radio provides technical instructions to the fish breeders
how to maintain their ponds, how to start new aquatic farms, how to feed
the fish there and how to prepare fish for export.
In case of any unexpected trouble situation in the seas Sayura Radio
will immediately inform the fishermen of dangerous locations and safe
locations in the seas.
The Fisheries Ministry has asked the experts to conduct a study on
Sayura Radio. On the basis of findings this service can be further
The Fisheries Ministry welcomes ideas from listeners to improve the
frequency. It plans to introduce new programs specially for the fishing
The Sayura Radio is operating on the basis of knowledge, education
This service coordinates the the family in the shore with the
fishermen in the deep sea.
With a view to providing valuable information Sayura Radio airs news
bulletins from time to time. In addition to improve the knowledge of
fishermen in the industry, President Mahinda Rajapaksa launched "Sayura
Radio" at the Peliyagoda Fish market on March, 26 last year.
Sayura Radio also airs education programs for children of fishermen.
There is no shortage of entertainment programs in Sayura radio.
This is not an entertainment channel but airs valuable information
and news bulletins for fishermen.
It plays the role of a close friend to the fishing community and also
provides valuable guidelines to fishermen from time to time. The main
aim of Sayura Radio is providing information of immediate climatic
It aims to improve the fisheries industry by way of improving
education and technical know-how of children of fishermen, an Officer
attached to the Fisheries Ministry said.
The Sayura Radio team consists of members from the Fisheries and
Aquatic Resources Development Ministry and the Sri Lanka Broadcasting
It is coordinated by D. S. Narendra Rajapaksa, Media Secretary of the
Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Ministry. The team members
are Mahesh Perera, Lal Amararatne, Dammika Eranthi Padmakanthi, B.
Sudhakaran and Sandakumari Ramanayake.
SLBC members are Chandhani de Silva, Santha Vijaya Kumara, Poojith
Karunaratne, Ajith Deegalla, Sudharma Kulatunga and Pasan Chandana