Considering the hardships being experienced by civilians in Kopay area as a result of the continuing drought, troops of 15 Sri Lanka National Guards (SLNG) under command to the 51 Division and 511 Brigade under the guidance of the General Officer Commanding (GOC), 51 Division, Major General Roshan Senavirathna and the Commanding Officer 15 SLNG began a project to distribute drinking water through own bowsers and vehicles.
Sri Lanka's State Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development and Rural Economy Dilip Wedaarachchi says a comprehensive program will be launched island wide at the village level to boost the ornamental fish industry producing ornamental fish that are high in demand globally.
The State Minister said in parallel exporters and ornamental fish export zones will be establish at district level.Minister Wedaarachchi made this observation at the inaugural workshop held at the National Aquaculture Development Authority on the preparation of a strategic plan for promoting ornamental fish industry.
A large number of people including ornamental fish growers, ornamental fish exporters, fish food producers, aquaculture, and venders participated in the workshop.Expressing his views, the State Minister said this is a good opportunity for the future of the ornamental fish industry in Sri Lanka.
This task force is a platform to discuss all your problems. There are ornamental fish producers as well as exporters within the task force. I believe the issues should be resolved for progress since you have the responsibility to boost the industry," he said.The Minister said there is a large demand for ornamental fish but Sri Lanka is unable to fulfill the demand.
What should we do to win the world's market? Through the ornamental fish trade, which is a multibillion dollar industry today in more than 125 countries, you can greatly contribute to the national income. Similarly, this industry can be developed as a self-employment in the villages. As a government we are ready to assist you," Minister Wedaarachchi told the industry stakeholders.He said the industry needs to be promoted by the private sector and invited all the stakeholders to commit themselves to boost the ornamental fish industry.
Another industry that has high demand in the world is the cultivation of seaweed and coral reef, the Minister said adding that attention should be paid to boost the aquaculture industry.He said the industry should be expanded at grass root level throughout the country to provide an income to the village folks.The Minister stressed on enlightening the public on these industries to succeed and directed the officials to visit the villages and raise awareness on these programs among the people.
"Therefore, at least three persons need to be selected from each Grama Niladhari division to start the ornamental fish industry at village level," the Minister instructed.
The 18th edition of Sri Lanka’s largest, most successful and prestigious construction exhibition, Construct 2018 was held from August 24-26, 2018 at the Srimavo Bandaranaike Memorial International Exhibition Centre.
The growth of Sri Lanka’s tea industry depends on changing the system of training and education of youth involved in the tea plantation, exploring new foreign markets, producing high quality value added tea and also using modern technologies.State Minister Finance Eran Wickramaratne addressing the 28th AGM of Sri Lanka Tea Factory Owners Association in Colombo said. Sri Lanka Tea Board, Chairman Lucille Wijewardena was the guest of honour.
Fairly strong gusty winds up to 50 kmph can be expected over the island, particularly in Central, North-Western, North-Central and Southern provinces and Badulla district.Showers at times will occur in Central and Sabaragamuwa provinces and in Galle and Matara districts. Several spells of showers will occur in Weste rn and North-Western provinces
Four (04) fishermen who distressed in the seas 26 nautical miles off Kirinda Fisheries harbour, were rescued and brought safely to the land by a Inshore Patrol Craft (ICP) attached to Southern Naval Command, yesterday (16th Sep).
The Certificate Awarding Ceremony of the Integrated Maritime Skills Training (IMST) 2018/01 was held at the Special Boat Squadron Headquarters auditorium, Naval Dockyard in Trincomalee on 14th September 2018. The closing ceremony was held under the patronage of the Captain Sea Training Captain NA Ubesiri, the Commanding Officer Special Boat Squadron Captain AD Weerasinghe and a delegation from US embassy.
The Government of India has extended a financial assistance of Rs 600 million for the construction of 600 housing units in 25 villages of the Northern Province and 600 housing units in 25 villages of the Southern Province under the Semata Sevana Gramashakthi Model Village Project conducted by the Government Island wide. Accordingly, the construction of the said villages is being carried out at present.
It has been proposed to expand the Middle‑Income Housing Loan Scheme enabling the middle income earners of both the public and private sectors who purchase a house for the first time from the middle income housing projects to obtain a concessionary loan from the National Savings Bank.
Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Ranil Wickremasinghe, the Prime Minister in his capacity as the Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs, to take into consideration the age limits generally adopted by the Banks instead of the age limits that prevailed previously to apply for this loan scheme and also to enable to facilitate more beneficiaries to purchase houses from projects implemented by the private sector as well, was approved by the Cabinet.
Pertaining to this matter, as proposed by H.E. the President, it was also decided to lower the eligibility criteria relating to the monthly income level for this programme.
A minor earth tremor has been felt near Trincomalee bay early this morning (15), stated Geological Survey and Mines Bureau.According to the Bureau’s Director General Dr. Chandrawimal Siriwardena, the tremor measured between 3.5 and 3.8 on the Richter Scale.