Divi Neguma Avurudu fairs, now being held in 324 main towns countrywide, under the guidance of Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa, has recorded over 1.5 million visitors. This amount is expected to be reached three million by its end tomorrow.
The Ministry Divi Neguma Development Department has organized the fairs with the assistance of 19 state organizations including the Trade and the Mahaweli Ministry.
The fairs which began on April 7 will continue till tomorrow (April 12). Textiles, fresh vegetables, fruits, sweets, rice, coconuts, powdered milk, dry rations, spices, plants, ornamental fish, products of small industrialists and meat products are among the many items which will be available under one roof at all these places. Twelve thousand rural producers have contributed to the success of the fairs.
In the Colombo District 20 Divi Neguma fairs are being functioned with the participation of businessmen and producers from the North among many others. Each of the fairs in Colombo comprises 120 stalls where food and other products from various parts of the country are available.
Young people from the North selling their products include rice flour, handloom textiles, kotta kelengu, palmyra products, travelling bags, undu flour and dry fish. They were seen singing and sharing their joy with visitors.