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Wednesday, June 20 , 2012 - 5.54 GMT
Kaithady Palmyrah Research Institute soon


The Government will open the re-developed Palmyrah Research Institute in Kaithady, Jaffna after 17 years.

Secretary of the Ministry of Traditional Industries and Small Enterprise Development, V. Sivagnanasothi said that they are ready to open a state-of-the-art palmyrah research facility in Jaffna, being redeveloped under the Government's livelihood development programme for the Northern Province.

The Government took steps to reconstruct the war-torn facility to promote the Palmyrah industry in the North as an essential part of its post-war development strategy.

The Government has spent Rs 21 million for the reconstruction of the building. The Indian government has offered Rs 80 million to purchase modern research equipment to the facility.

Equipment has arrived from India and the research equipments include laboratory equipment, and milling equipment among other things, Mr. Sivagnanasothi said. The vehicles needed to carry forward the functions of the institute have also arrived, he added.

Out of the 11 million Palmyrah trees in the country, 3.5 million trees are in Jaffna. Another 3.5 million is in the Kilinochchi district, he said. The industry is expected to yield a tremendous outcome in the area of employment generation, he further said.

The Palmyrah Research Institute is envisioned to develop new Palmyrah based products and value added products. There will be products such as Palmyrah pulp, jaggery, vinegar, charcoal, Mr. Sivagnanasoth said.




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