'Economic boom in the East'
The economy of the Eastern Province has started blooming with the end
of the 30 years conflict.
A number of programmes launched by the government to renovate the
major irrigation schemes in the Province have resulted in the uplift of
agriculture and agro based industries in Province, Presidential Advisor
and Former IGP Chandra Fernando said.
Fernando said that the government has renovated major irrigation
schemes and small tanks such as Pulukunawa tank, Unnichchiya tank, Raja
Ela and Verugal and Mavil Aru irrigation schemes in the Province to
revive the agriculture sector after the end of conflict.
He said that large areas of arable lands which had been abandoned for
over three decades are being brought under the plough in the Province
and the Batticaloa town is becoming a centre of business activity.
"Almost all fisheries harbours in the Province such as the
Valachchenai fisheries harbour have been developed and more facilities
have been provided to the fishermen in the area", he added.
Fernando added that tuna fish harvest in Batticaloa is directly
exported to many countries including Japan.
He said that the road network connecting main cities of the Province
with other parts of the country have been developed to promote people to
people connectivity and ensure that the Eastern Province farmers receive
better market avenues for their produce.
According to Fernando, the government allocated billions of Rupees
for the development of infrastructure facilities in the Province.