The Shilpa Udana Handicraft Village at Bope-Poddala, established in Galle, at a cost of Rs.7.5 million will be opened by President Mahinda Rajapaksa tomorrow (July 4).
Under this, opportunities have been given to craft persons granting raw material, propaganda and access to the market and to train in new designs.
Accordingly, 132 craft persons have obtained direct benefits while 150 people have gained indirect benefits.
Establishment of this Handicraft Village comes under a project, implemented to set up 1000 Handicraft Villages island wide by the Ministry of Traditional Industries and Small Enterprise Development, under “Mahinda Chintana Vision for the Future”.
Accordingly, two Handicraft Villages have already been inaugurated in Radawadunna and Webadamulla in Mirigama. Consequently, Radawadunna got a cane related product manufacturing factory while Webadamulla a clay related product manufacturing factory.
According to the Minister of Traditional Industries and Small Enterprise Development Douglas Dewananda, the Sri Lanka Industrial Development Board, functioning under the purview of the Ministry of Traditional Industries and Small Enterprise Development selects the villages comprising traditional Industrialists.
The industrialists are then to form co-operatives societies through which technical “know how” is transferred to the individual industrialists together with new designs, the Minister said.