Ministry of Traditional Industries and Small Enterprise Development has taken steps to set up a traditional industrial and marketing village at Kaithady, in Jaffna, under the project to build 1000 small industrial villages island wide.
The Industrial village is to be set up in a five acre block of land opposite the Palmyra Research Institute. It would be established with a total financial commitment of Rs. 28, million: Rs. 20 million from the Government of India and Rs. 8 million from the Government of Sri Lanka. The work on the project was to be commenced within the next 2 weeks, said Minister of Traditional Industries and Small Enterprise Development Douglas Devananda.
He stated that the items produced by National Crafts Council, National Design Centre and Palmyra Board, operating under the purview of the Ministry, especially, of traditional value would be available for purchase at this new marketing village, as such it certainly would solve to a certain extent the marketing problem confronted by the traditional industrialists.
The Ministry earlier established two industrial villages in Hambantota District. Accordingly, a coconut mill was established at Seeni Modara, Tangalle and a factory for Kithul related production was established in Uda-alibodeniya, in Hambantota.
Also, two more handicraft Villages were inaugurated in Mirigama by the Ministry of Traditional Industries and Small Enterprises. Under this, a cane related product manufacturing factory was established at Radawadunna. A clay related product manufacturing factory was also established at Webadamulla, as a part of that concerted programme.
The project to build 1000 small industrial villages aims to develop the small and medium scale entrepreneurs and bring them to a national level and compete in international markets while boosting the livelihoods of the people.