The Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development yesterday revealed that the fish prices at the Peliyagoda Fish Trade Centre have dropped substantially as the country's fish harvest has increased.
The government will not reduce the quantity of water provided to the people in Kilinochchi from the Iranamadu tank in the future and funds will be allocated through the Kilinochchi water supply project for the renovation of the Iranamadu tank bund, Water Supply and Drainage Minister Dinesh Gunawardena said addressing a meeting at the Cooperative auditorium in the Killinochchi town recently.
The Minister further said that the government has planned to complete the Kilinochci water supply project as soon as possible and the project work is progressing speedily . He also pointed out that the people in the Killinochchi district have a responsibility to protect this tank which has not been renovated for 80 years.
The Minister added that his Ministry has decided to provide water to the people in the district for agriculture purposes through this project. “The people in the area requested water for agriculture purposes from the main tunnel and we decided to provide them water for agriculture purpose too,” he said.
The ministry will also give priority to the implementation of community based water supply projects in the district which are cost effective.
He added that these projects will be implemented utilizing the technical expertise of the National Water Supply and Drainage Board engineers
The government has allocated Rs.300 million rupees for this year alone to pay compensation to civilians of the North who were impacted by the war out of which 110 million rupees has already been paid. Compensation is being awarded on behalf of civilians who had lost their limbs and hands and also house and property.
With the Government's aim of propagating integrated development in the farm sector, Sri Lanka’s first ever Special Agricultural Zones (SAZ) are slated to come up next year covering 3,000 acres in the three districts of the Eastern Province.
Equivalent to the recent project plans brought forward to develop wetlands and its suburbs into model green, clean people friendly water basins, an ignored marshy in Katubedda was came under the inspections of Secretary, Ministry of Defence and Urban Development Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa yesterday (5th October).