Women's resourcefulness for cottage industry
The Economic Development Ministry under the Divi Neguma programme is
planning to utilise the skills and resourcefulness of women to uplift
and develop Sri Lanka's cottage industry, Economic Development Ministry
Additional Secretary R R A K Ranawaka said.
The ministry is planning to develop 54 cottage industries under this
programme, he said.Production of candles, joss-sticks, plastic and metal
equipment, bee boxes, cement blocks, poultry cages, equipment for
nursery schools, virgin coconut oil, organic menu baskets, water tanks,
toys and handloom textile are some of cottage industries, that are to be
introduced under this programme, Ranawaka said.
The ministry plans to use raw material obtained from one's own home
garden for this task.
Under this programme, the ministry has targeted to bring in women who
are without any occupation, into the cottage industry to earn an
additional income for their families, he said.
The Additional Secretary said that the rural community will be
mobilised under the 'One Project for One Village' programme.
The ministry has targeted to complete this programme on June 30.
Thereafter, it will draw plans to collect details for next year's Divi
The ministry expects information and proposals from the community as
additional inputs to this programme, he said.