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Wewgam Pubuduwa combined with Wari Saubhagya

A construction work on a water project being inaugurated.
A construction work on a water project being inaugurated.

The Wewgam Pubuduwa Irrigational Development Project has been combined with the Wari Saubhagya (Irrigational Prosperity) Project of the Irrigation Ministry. The Green Climate Fund (GCF) facilitates the Wewgam Pubuduwa Project. It consists of three components - upgrading minor irrigation systems and promoting climate resilient farming practices, enhancing decentralised water supply and managing access to safe drinking water sources.

The GCF provides Rs. 6,644 million for the project, while the Government invests Rs. 1,250 million. A Project Spokesman said that the Project will benefit 770,500 people in the Dry Zone around Yan Oya and Malwathu Oya.

The Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Trincomalee, Vavuniya, Mannar, Puttlam, Kurunegala and Polonnaruwa Districts will directly benefit from the Project. It will facilitate nearly 1,179,000 people, of them, 601,000 are women, he said. The benefits that the project will provide to the Agriculture Sector worth over USD 8 million and working hours worth USD two million will be saved by providing drinking water annually, he said.

The Kurunegala District boasts a number of water projects such as the Talkolawewa Rural Water Supply Scheme, the Rambepitiya Water Project and the Galkulama Rural Water Project. These projects cost Rs 272 million. They provide water for 2,186 families.

The Ihala Timbiriyawa Water Project and the Andiya Puliyankulama Water Project in the Vavuniya District are under construction now at a cost of Rs. 296 million. The two projects will provide safe drinking water to 1,240 families. About 4,000 RAM Water Harvesting Tanks, each store 5,000 litres of water, will be provided free as well.

Smart Agriculture, too, will be encouraged under the Wewgam Pubuduwa Project. Farmers will be trained under the Smart Agriculture in bee keeping, animal husbandry, organic manure production and mushroom cultivation.

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