In the absence of proper infrastructure facilities and inability to invest on modern fishing gear and crafts to harvest the resources in the deep sea areas, fishermen in Panama have to be rely mainly on near shore fishery resources. The post-tsunami rehabilitation process and increased number of small fishing crafts donated by wel wished further aggravated the pressure on the limited resources in the near shore and Panama lagoon areas. Additionally, the global economic shock which appeared through high level of fuel prices conpounded the situation. As a result, the coastal communities engaged in fishing have been exposed to a vulnerable situation due to rapid resources depletion. In view of the above, it is necessary to build resilience among the fisher folk against the vulnerabilities. Therefore, to reduce the dependency on near shore coastal resources diversification of livelihoods is a must. Considering these facts it is important to focus more on alternative livelihood development in the Panama fishing village. Hence, introducing Aloe vera cultivation and beverage production and marketing as supplementary income generating activities for fisher community in Panama was considered. This initiative is a replication of successfully tested livelihood project in Kalpitiya area with similar fisheries community.
10 fishing families in Panama.
The main beneficiaries are females. The entire family will be benefitted through the generated income.
Homestead cultivation has resulted in the cosmetic company stopping collection of Aloe vera from the wild, thus contributing towards biodiversity resilience.
In view of the projected sales during the tourist season which will commence from the month of April, the existing extent of cultivation is inadequate. Thus, it will be necessary to expand cultivation to ensure a continuous supply of Aloe vera for beverage production.
Aloe vera plants were provided from Kalpitiya to commence the sales on a pilot scale but this cannot be continued in the long run, because of high travel costs.
Close monitoring by MCRCF has become difficult because of the distance involved for travel.
1st Jun 2012 to 31st May 2013
LKR 64,000 (MCRCF)
LKR 399,040 (Community)
"The plants were affected by severe floods and drought, one after the other. This affected growth of plants. However, we have started selling plants for beverage production and earn about LKR 800 (USD 8) per month". Wasana Darshani (beneficiary)