New Rules for Whales and Dolphin watching in Sri Lanka – Department of Wildlife Conservation (DWC)

The Department of Wildlife Conservation (DWC) said it would impose new rules and regulations for visitors with the purpose of regulating whale and dolphin watching in Mirissa.

The official personal stated that the new laws and regulations would implement to safeguarded the whales and dolphins from the visitors. He further said that Department of Wildlife Conservation (DWC) taken this rule after receiving many complains that some visitors had caused impact on animals by going too much closer to them and this rule would be impact from the nest whale watching season of August 2016.

 

New Airports to build in Sri Lanka

Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation said an airport was to be constructed in Haputale under a scheme to develop domestic air travel in the country very soon. As per the budge reading there are 4 new airports to be build in Srilanka for focusing more into tourism and local transport. Such as Haputale, Puttalam, Hinguragoda and Kandy.

As stated, above 4 highlight locations are main attraction of tourist itinerary, therefore the government is more focus to setting up these airport to boost the tourism segment in Sri Lanka to handle 4 Million travelers by 2020.

The airport would consist of a brand new airport terminal and a runway which would measure 1.2 km in length and 75 m in width. The cost of the project was estimated to be in the region of Rs. 700 million. The airport would be a boon to the area frequented by tourists, both local and foreign who visit Ella, Bandarawela, Nuwara-eliya, Badulla and Diyathalawa.

But in most common observation, only a small portion of the tourist are using the air travels between the domestic locations and majority of the tourist arrive is sort of budget tourist; who likes to explore srilanka at low cost and get more experience.

Therefore as my thought is about to improve the road transport such as improve the quality of roads and introduce new discipline government Buses (SLTB), increasing number of trains between the main destinations, create new railway lines to cover all over sri lanka to cater faster train service and introducing metro in main cities to avoid traffics in urban.

But in overall, all these development programme would be cost to government and increasing more financial burden to Srilanka for short term.

List of Airports in Sri Lanka

City Airport Code Airport Name
Koggala KCT Koggala Airport
Minneriya MNH Minneriya Airport
Wirawila WRZ Wirawila Airport
Kandy KDW Vic Resevour Kandy Airport
Trincomalee TRR China Bay Airport
Gal Oya GOY Amparai Airport
Colombo CMB Bandaranayake Airport
Sigiriya GIU Sigiriya Slaf Base Airport
Katukurunda KTY Katukurunda Slaf Base Airport
Dambula DBU Dambulu Oya Tank Airport
Hatton NUF Castlereigh Reservoir Airport
Dickwella DIW Mawella Lagoon Airport
Bentota River BJT Bentota River Airport
Ampara ADP Ampara Airport
Batticaloa BTC Batticaloa Airport
Hingurakgoda HIM Hingurakgoda Airport
Mahaweli KDY Mahaweli Airport
Ampara AFK Kondavattavan Tank Airport
Katugastota KDZ Polgolla Reservoir Airport
Kelaniya KEZ Kelaniya River Airport
Jaffna JAF Kankesanturai Airport
Anuradhapura ACJ Anuradhapura Airport

 

New Terminal Building to construct for Bandaranaike International Airport

Transport and Civil Aviation Ministry Nimal Siripala de Silva said a new terminal building will be built at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) at a cost of Rs. 65 billion. He further state that the present terminal building can accommodate only six million passengers. Where the BIA capacity is not sufficient to handle all passenger movements and air freight as last year alone there had been over 8.5 million passenger movements. That is why the government planned to construct a new terminal building for the airport.

He said accommodation facilities should be improved to attract tourists to the country and If we do not follow international standards in building airports and improving facilities according to passenger demands, airlines will not come to Sri Lanka.

And he further state the existing runaway will repair at a cost of Rs. 200 million while new runaway will be constructed at a cost of Rs. 8 billion as there is a necessity of a new runaway to accommodate more aircraft.

Maradana to Battaramulla Train Service about to start in January 2016

The newly proposed Maradana to Battaramulla railway line hoping to reduce heavy traffic from maradana, boralla, rajagiriya and battaramulla. The government is considering its options in obtaining financial support from Asian Development Bank (ADB) to construct a new railway line from Maradana to Battaramulla.

Official stated that government is planning to negotiate with the Asian Development Bank in January about the project. Initially, ADB informed that they would support the project, but the it is necessity to clarify the exact nature of assistance and finalize the agreement.

The feasibility study on the construction of a 10km railway line would be based on the recommendations of a steering committee which had been appointed with the participation of the Transport Ministry, Sri Lanka Railways and Urban Development Authority officialsand the railway project would cater to over 20,000 government servants who travel to and from Battaramulla daily as most of the government institutions are now located in Battaramulla.

Korean company keen to start Mega City project in Sri lanka

Top officials from one of the world’s leading township developers, Korea Land and Housing Corporation were in Sri Lanka looking for a township development project to the value in excess of USS 5 billion.

The team met senior officials of the Megapolis Authority last week and informed that they are here on a fact finding mission to build a mega township development project which would be one of the biggest in South Asia.

The official said We are keen to create a new city in the Western Province in an area of around 300 hectares of land. He further said that with the new political developments, Korea Sri Lanka relations have reached a new dimension and they were also very impressed with the concept of Megapolis. This is the new trend of the world and we are happy to note that this is being followed by Sri Lanka even at this late stage.

The official said that they would clear the given land and have modem infrastructure in place for a ‘Mega City’ and then invite Korean and other investors from around the World to build housing, recreation, commercial and other facilities in it.

The company, then plans to link the proposed ‘City’ with a speed train which too would be included under the project. And ministry also said that they have similar projects located 50 km off the capital and they are connected with a speed rail link. Due to this link a resident in the ‘Township’ could get to the Capital in less than 20 minutes.

He said this proposed ‘Mega City’ would be self sufficient in every need of a modem population. ‘The project would have its own sewerage and garbage clearing system. They would also generate electricity from this waste and give it back to the Mega City.”

“Security too would be a prime concern and special cameras would be installed to even track each vehicle entering and departing. This would be based on vehicle registration number plates.”

Another first for Sri Lanka would be the special bus and speed train service where the station and the bus stand would have the route, arrival and departure times of each bus/train on a digital screen. He also disclosed that Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modhi too had requested them to build six similar models in India and they are currently engaging this.

Foreign Currency Exchange ATM now at Sampath Bank Galle Super Branch

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Foreign Currency Exchange ATM now at Sampath Bank Galle Super Branch
Foreign Currency Exchange ATM now at Sampath Bank Galle Super Branch

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Nuwara Elia Horse Racing Festival 2015 – Starts on March 2015

Sri Lanka Turf Club Race Course in Nuwara Elia announces their Nuwara Elia Horse Racing Festival – 2015 on 21st March 2015.

Thoroughbred Horses (Class I) 7 Furlongs
Thoroughbred Horses (Class II) 7 Furlongs
Thoroughbred Horses (Class III) 7 Furlongs
Thoroughbred Horses (Class IV) 7 Furlongs
Thoroughbred Horses (Class V) 7 Furlongs
Thoroughbred Horses Maiden 3yrs old 5 Furlongs
Sri Lankan Horses 3/4 Bred 5 Furlongs
Sri Lankan Horses 1/2 Bred 5 Furlongs

 

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Nuwara Elia Horse Racing Festival 2015 – Starts on March 2015
Nuwara Elia Horse Racing Festival 2015 – Starts on March 2015

Ratmalana Airport to be used for more civilian transportation related to tourism

The government has drawn attention to utilize Ratmalana airport for inland civil passenger transportation. Ports Shipping and Aviation Minister Aijuna Ranatunga said.

The government will look into possibilities to carry out inland passenger transportation from Ratmalana airport as far as such activities do not affect the national security, Under this, flights will be operated to inland destinations such as the North and East. South and a few other tourist destinations.

Aviation authority has already discussed to conduct flights to tourist destinations with inland tour and airline operators. However, priority will definitely be given to the national security since it is above all other activities.

Special bus service in Anuradhapura pilgrims to visit atamasthana for Rs. 70/-

A special bus service for the convenience of devotees visiting Anuradhapura on pilgrimage to pay homage to the Atamasthana was inaugurated by Internal Transport Minister Ranjith Madduma-bandara at the Anuradhapura Railway Station premises last week.

The bus service starting from two points, the railway station and the Anuradhapura old bus stand premises, will charge Rs. 70 per passenger to cover the entire atamasthana and bring them back to the original starting point in any of these buses.

Buses will be operated under a frequency of 45 minutes. They will cover the Sri Maha Bodhi, Ruwanweli Maha Seya, Jetawanaramaya, Kuttam Pokuna Samadhi Buddha statue, Isurumuniya, Sadaham Seya, Mirisawetiya, Thuparamaya, Lankaramaya, Sandakadapahana and Abhay-agiriya.

This Bus service was a great budgeted tour for the people to visiti Anuradhapura historical places too.

Work on Colombo-Kandy highway to start soon

Construction work on the Colombo-Kandy highway will begin immediately, Road Development, Higher Education and Investment Promotion Minister Kabir Hashim who was speaking in Parliament informed that government would start construction work on the Colombo-Kandy highway soon.

The Minister said the matara-Beliatta-Hantantota stretch of the Southern Highway will also begin soon after negotiations with the contractors He said the government believed that it would be possible to reduce the costs involved in the contract by 30 percent.

Referring to the Northern Highway he said the construction of the road had to be suspended as the work on the project was to begin without awarding contracts in a transparent manner.

More botanical gardens to be established in Sri Lanka by 2016

The National Botanical Gardens Department (NBGD), recently announced that they were making arrangements to establish more botanical gardens in several parts of the country by the end of 2016.

Accordingly, plans have already been drawn to establish six new botanical gardens in Sri Lanka. new botanical gardens are to be opened at various places which have been identified as zones with the highest bio diversity, including Horton Plains. Sinharaja Forest, Nuwara Eliya, Ambangamuwa, Sri Pada and Knuckles Range.

The ‘Seethawaka Wet Zone,’ a new botanical garden of the country, will be opened during the current year at Awissawella on a land consisting of 105 acres, to conserve the threatened Wet Zone flora just after its completion and it would be the fifth botanical garden in Sri Lanka.

Dr Wijesundera said that 81 acres have been developed under Phase I of this botanical garden project and it would be expanded up to105 acres in the near future. He jointed out that the revenue earned by the NBGD during the last year through foreign visitors, have recorded over a 17.2percent increase, compared to 2013.

Nearly 345,470 foreign visitors have visited the four botanical gardens that presently exist last year and in 2013, while the number of foreign visitors amounted to 293,454.

The income incurred last year was over Rs. 4.46 million, while Rs. 3.7 million out of the total income was acquired from the sale of tickets issued to foreigners, the Director General added.

Arrangements are in place to upgrade the newly opened Mirijjawila Botanical Garden with the aim of attracting both local and foreign visitors, as it was found to be attracting a low amount of visitors compared to the three other botanical gardens located in Hakgala, Peradeniya and Henarathgoda in Gampaha.

The Mirijjawila Botanical Gardens was opened after the completion of the first phase and plans are underway to complete the other phases to attract more visitors.

Government to develop a new national policy for tourism industry

Plans are under way to prepare a new national policy for the tourism industry in Sri Lanka, Tourism and Sports Minister Navin Dissanayake said.

Dissanayake said it has been decided to introduce a three year strategic plan related to the new national policy on tourism.

We decided to introduce a new national policy for the tourism industry with the aim of developing the Sri Lankan economy and living standards of the people. We hope to obtain the assistance of all for the success of this. And he said arrangements are being made to launch a special program to grant benefits for people in villages in line with the new policy. Creating new employment opportunities for Sri Lankan youth and making more spaces for village level persons to increase their earnings are the main objectives of this new national policy which is to be introduced to the Sri Lankan tourism industry.

Thousand public locations to get free Wi-Fi in Sri Lanka

The Information and Communications Technology Agency (ICTA), which implements the government’s ICT policies, will be launching the ‘Free Wi-Fi’ project in partnership with all telecommunication operators, in the coming months, to let citizens have further accessibility to information and participate in e-governance.

Thousand public locations will get Wi-Fi free of charge. This has been finalized. It is not a plan or a promise, because some said it is not economically possible or it was a ploy to get young votes,” Foreign Affairs Deputy Minister Ajith Perera stated to Media.

He noted that access to information is no longer a luxury but a critical need, similar to access to water, electricity and telephones used by youngsters in rural villages up to top corporate. This will open up new employment opportunities and new markets may appear.

The access points would be fixed at locations of importance, such as universities, public parks, libraries and highly frequented railway stations and bus stops.

We are going to implement at 250 locations within the 100-day programme and the rest to follow within two to three months. But our dreams go beyond these 1,000. We want free Wi-Fi to be available everywhere in the country.

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Ramayanaya tour in Sri Lanka

The Ramayanaya trail will be re – launched by the Sri Lanka Convention Bureau together with SLTPB and Srilankan Airlines in the coming months. The 14 sites accessible out of identified 52 Sites will be heavily promoted through various itineraries and packages.

The traditions of the Ramayana form an integral part of the shared cultural heritage of India and Sri Lanka. Major part of the Ramayana Episode has taken part in Sri Lanka and therefore Sri Lanka has special significance in the Ramayana Epic where pilgrim tourism can be promoted from India.

The sites include the places where Sit ha Devi has travelled to, consisting of archaeological areas, caves, mountains and temples which are of immense interest to Hindus. Sita Eliya, Ravana Ella, Hakgala, Maligatenna, Roomasala, Sitawaka and Kelaniya are some of the prominent localities associated with the Ramayana traditions.

During the last few years, India became the primary tourist and MICE tourist generating market for Sri Lanka . To cater to Indian market, Sri Lanka Tourism structured many new tourism products. Facilities for Corporate meetings and Incentives were among them.

 

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Stay Weekend at Ban Reef and enjoy Free Dolphin Watching at Kalpitiya
Stay Weekend at Ban Reef and enjoy Free Dolphin Watching at Kalpitiya

Department of Wildlife Bungalows are Open for Public

Wildlife and Nature Protection Society of Sri Lanka (Ceylon) announced that WNPS Bungalows in Yala, Wilpattu and Udawalawe is now open for Non members of WNPS at same fee as now and WNPS members will obtain at a special rate.

The Bungalows in Yala, Wilpattu are cater upto 10 passengers and Udawalawe for 8 Passengers.

For more details contact to Wildlife and Nature Protection Society of Sri Lanka (Ceylon) on 0112 887390

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Department of Wildlife Bungalows are Open for Public
Department of Wildlife Bungalows are Open for Public

Free Wi-Fi access in Sri Lanka Railways Station for rail passengers

Railway passengers in Sri lanka would be able to enjoy free Wi-Fi facilities at some 100 selected railway stations in the country by April, the Railway Department said to news.

Under this programme Wi-Fi hotspots are due to be established in over 100 stations around the country with the support of Sri Lanka Telecom which is a leader in Telecommunication in Sri Lanka.

Railway Commercial Superintendent  stated to media that “We are going to begin this programme next week from the Fort Railway Station. By April, there will be almost 100 railway stations with free internet access which enables passengers to access internet via smart phones or tablets”. And the infrastructure facilities for the project are still being constructed by the Railway Department in the selected railway stations.

Another joint project was launched by SLT and Mobitel that has provided access to free Wi-Fi hotspots on Intercity Express trains for passengers. It was launched by SLT Chairman, Kumarasinghe Sirisena yesterday in the Jaffna Station

Sri Lanka expectes to cross 2 million tourist arrivals in 2015: Sri Lanka Tourist Promotional Bureau Chairman

Respected marketer and business personality Rohantha Athukorala has been appointed as the Chairman of the Sri Lanka Tourist Promotional Bureau (SLTPB) by Sports and Tourism Minister Navin Dissanayake

Athukorala was the seventh Chairman of the Sri Lanka Export Development Board (EDB), the only Chairman to serve the EDB for over five years, and supported the industry in taking the export revenue from US $ 6 billion to US $ 11 billion in his tenure.

Athukorala commenting on the task ahead said, “Given the vibrancy of the private sector, the two million visitor arrivals can be achieved. We are targeting the UK market to generate a 190000 from the current 144,168, Germany to be 150,00 from current 102,977 whilst France to be 100,000 visitors from the current 78883, just to name a few. The economic instability in Russia is worrying given that almost 69,718 tourists were generated from this market but the rest of the world will so some catching up is our estimate.”

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TV programme ‘Bachelor’ (French version) Shooting expected to be in Sri Lanka for Episode 9-10

The New Tourism and Sports Minister Navin Dissanayake has invited the leading French TV channel NT 1 from France to film and telecast the prime time TV programme ‘Bachelor’ (French version) in Sri Lanka in line with the global trend of marketing tourist destinations via film tourism.

Minister Navin Dissanayake voiced “The popular TV series Bachelor that will be aired in France will be filmed across the world and I am happy that we have been able to get Sri Lanka into the choice set.”

Episode 1-2 is to be filmed in Spain, 4-5 in Paris, 6-8 in the Alps and episode 9-10 in Sri Lanka. This is a big win for the country and we must pursue this strategy as a public-private partnership project as the beneficiaries must be the private sector Minister Naveen Dissanayake said.

The Chairman of the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotions Bureau Rohantha Athukorala commented “The programme Bachelor (French version) attracts a viewership of 1.3 million in France and as the minister mentioned it commands a prime time belt.

Sri Lanka Holidays tour – Places to see in Sri Lanka

Think Sri Lanka and some of the things that come to mind are Asian elephants and Ceylon tea. Delve deeper and you’ll discover a nation of rich heritage and wonders including lush greenery, monasteries, palaces, temples and theatres.

The country is among the beauties of the sub-continent that features a peaceful environment and a hard-working community.

Among ancient cities, a visit to Anuradhapura is a must as it holds the title as a sacred city by Buddhists around the world. Kandy is a scene to behold. With spiraling roads and refreshing environment, Kandy is especially beautiful around the Monsoon season when cool temperatures call to unwind with a warm cup of Ceylon tea.

For the adventurous, water sports such as rafting and gliding are slowly gaining popularity across its gleaming streams.

Wildlife is abundant in Sri Lanka, as it is known to be among the top five hotspots for biodiversity. Visitors to the Bundala National Park can spot monkeys, fruit bats and various species of water and migratory birds, as well as other fauna and flora — a photographers treat.

 

Safari to view nature’s best

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage is a nursery and breeding ground for wild Asian elephants. It’s a great place to get up close and personal with the mammals. Visitors can also feed the animals from a high point. You can also embark on a safari to view nature’s best.

Tea gardens spanning across lush fields denote the country’s booming tea production. Fresh, aromatic and bursting with flavour, Sri Lanka’s tea leaves are fragrant and refreshing, not to mention it offers great value for quality. It is also proud of its traditional crafts that showcase its distinct culture. Sri Lanka is also an attractive destination for medical tourism with world-class internationally accredited healthcare about 70 per cent comparatively cheaper than Singapore and Thailand.

Spas and massages are a favourite among tourists offering mineral-enriched packs and herbal, therapeutic concoctions to melt stress away.

According to the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA), the country saw a 19.8 per cent rise in tourist arrivals in 2014 with 1,527,153 visitors compared to 1,274,593 in 2013.

In January 2012, the country introduced the Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) for short-term visa in order to ease the flow of arrivals.

 

Ideal holiday destination

A chunk of Sri Lanka’s GDP comes from tourism and in an attempt to further raise numbers; the Ministry of Economic Development launched a five-year Tourism Development Strategy where it aims to reach a target number of 2.5 million visitors by the year 2016. This includes improving the country’s infrastructure, agriculture and product market.

A report by the Department of Census and Statistics shows that Sri Lanka’s GDP expanded by 7.7 per cent in the third quarter of 2014, compared to the same period the year before. Agriculture and tea production takes precedence in exports aside from textiles and rubber.

Keeping up with the rest of the world, Sri Lanka has set Millennium Development Goals (MDG) as a priority in the national agenda in a bid to improve the overall structure of the nation and combat poverty by the end of year 2015.

Its lush cities combined with warm hospitality and scrumptious food makes it an ideal holiday destination, attracting thousands of tourists every year. The UAE is home to a number of Sri Lankan expats, who take up respectable positions and contribute to their home country’s economy via remittances. The nation is on its way to steady growth alongside notable tourism and investment opportunities.

Courtesy: Farhana Chowdhury for Khaleej Times

 

Why Indian visits to Sri Lanka (Few Reasons to visit Sri Lanka)

Srilanka is a fast growing tourist destination in South Asian country which attracts more Sri Lanka Honeymoon Packages and Typical Sri Lanka cultured wedding Packages.  In addition to that Sri Lanka cater to all needs of your tourism in nature, Beaches, Wild life safaris, cultural tours, Sri Lanka History tour, Honeymoon Tour, Education Tour and Shopping tours within this tiny island.

But for last 20 years Indian Tourist to Sri Lanka is keeping as higher number of foreign tourist arrivals, these days the Indian tourist arrivals denoted about 16% of total tourist arrivals of Sri Lanka tourism.

There are few reasons for Indian Tourist to visit Sri Lanka

Cost of Air Travel Cost (Flight to Sri Lanka)

Flights are quite affordable, A Delhi-Kochi return fare for weekend would cost INR 16,905 while a Colombo return would cost INR 22,576. Plus,  of course a ‘foreign’ tag to boast about.

VISA Process

The Emigration and Travel Approval or ETA, equivalent to a visa, is online and comes in minutes. Immigration clearance in Colombo is a breeze with travellers getting a free SIM card.

Hotels

Booked online with no advance required – all payments on arrival. The rates for decent three to four star hotels range between INR 7,000 and 12,000 with breakfast and wifi free.

Liquor

Freely available and fairly cheap. Unlike Kerala you don’t have to hide beer in coffee mugs at bars

Getting around

The expressway to the city from the airport is a smooth drive. Cars can do up to 120 kmph on the southern expressway though many prefer the longer, more scenic route. Highway to Jaffna also good.

Food

Quite cheap with plentiful seafood, and so are taxis and public transport

Shopping

Not on the scale of Bangkok but Colombo does offer quite a few international brands at bargain prices. Also does great linen and handlooms

 

Laya Waves at Kalkudah – Sri Lanka Army Newest Project

Sri Lanka Army’s newest project for rest and recreation, ‘Laya Waves’ at Kalkudah, built by Engineer Service Regiment (HSR) troops as one more addition to the Laya chain of hotels, was opened to the the public by the Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Daya Ratnayake on Monday morning during a formal ceremony.

The state-of-the-art Laya Waves with eight cabana-type constructions with deluxe single and family rooms overlooking the serene Kalkudah beach also has special suites in its two-storied building.

Dedicated as one more welfare project of the Directorate of Welfare, all Army personnel are entitled to receive concessionary rates in this picturesque hotel, erected in this area considering future potentials.

Commander of the Army after the formal inauguration closely watched the interior of the construction, in the company of officers and spoke to the new staff at the hotel. The Army-managed Laya Hotel chain has already won accolades for its management, facilities and services after the Army established Laya Beach, Laya Safari and Laya Leisure in Wadduwa, Yala and Kukuleganga.

Presidential Election Result 2015- Start Releasing Now

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Sri Pada Season begins in December 6, 2014

Sri Pada season 2014/2015 this year will commence on December 6, with the dawn of Unduwap full moon Poya day and last till the Wesak full moon Poya in May 2015.

A preliminary discussion on making arrangements for the pilgrim season and providing facilities to the pilgrims was held yesterday at the Nallathaniya Health Centre.

Kalpitiya to become a tourist destination

Kalpitiya area will be developed as a tourist destination, Wayamba Development Authority Chairperson stated recently.

He said Kalpitiya and Arugambay are two of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Wayamba is still at basic; level and much more have to improve in the tourism industry of the area.

Three tourist information centres are located at Kurunegala, Badagamuwa and Yapahuwa.

He states tourist hotels in Kurunegala are small. Wayamba has archaeological sites of four kingdoms, European colonial monuments, birds and wildlife sanctuaries and such areas should be developed as tourist hotspots.

The main target of the Wayamba Development Authority is to attract foreign as well as local tourists and boost hotel accommodation. He said there are less hotels in Kurunegala and this would affect tourism. A large number of youths will benefit if tourism industry in the area is developed.

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Vannerikulam become Bird Sanctuary in Northern Province

A resolution was passed at the Northern Provincial Council to declare Vannerikkilam area within the purview of the Northern Provincial Council as a Bird sanctuary.

Preliminary work in Vannerikulam within tte Karaichichi Pradheshiya Sabha should be commenced forthwith and should be made available to the general public as early as possible. This would ease the minds of the people affected by the war and tourism too could be developed.

 

Sri Lanka army is into Economic Supportive development of Dairy farming

The Sri Lankan army, involved in business and economic activity since the May 2009 end of the conflict, is aiming to be one of the country’s largest milk producers.

As it expands its contribution to GDP growth – not through salaries, wages and expenditure on military hardware but real economic activity, the army has established its own Directorate for Agriculture and Livestock to promote agriculture and dairy industry.

This department is currently negotiating with an investor to import 10,000 cows with the capacity to produce 60 litres of milk per cow per day, from an Australian company.

A comprehensive plan has been crafted to increase milk production at its Kandakadu Agriculture Farm in Welikanda spanning over 11,140 acres and transforming it to become the biggest farm in South Asia. The milk production would be made available to MILCO for distribution.

Amidst the controversy last year, spilling into 2014, of contaminated milk from imported products, a campaign was launched to increase local milk production to reach self-sufficiency, and the army’s effort is in line with the national plan.

Sri Lanka annually requires around 900 million litres of milk but has the capacity to produce only 300 million litres, just 25-30 per cent of the total need. This is despite 30 per cent of the workforce of Sri Lanka being engaged in animal farming,

The milk food import bill costs US$400 million (or more than Rs. 49 billion) a year and the government’s plan is to attain self-sufficiency in milk by 2016. Several initiatives been directed towards this target through government and private sector efforts.

The army’s latest initiative is commensurate with its role of changing the landscape of Colombo and suburban areas and other cities including Kandy as well as entry into the hospitality and tourism sectors with the advantage of cheap labour and skills of security forces personnel. While there has been some criticism of the army’s role in business and allied activity particularly since it provides stiff competition to others which offer more costly services, the military hierarchy has somewhat deflated this criticism through showpiece infrastructure development like the Colombo Racecourse, the Arcade Independence Square, beautifying parks, playgrounds and the creation of walking, cycling and jogging tracks in Colombo and the suburbs.

The Kandakadu farm was taken over by the army from the control of the LTTE and reopened in 2011. The army is in the process of using the whole land area for agriculture, livestock and diary development. So far 300 acres have been cultivated while the dairy section of the farm currently has 200 milk cows.

According to military sources, the army will provide the skilled labour for the planned joint venture project with an Australian company which will set up cool rooms.

Meanwhile in another project to enhance local milk production, the Economic Development Ministry recently signed up with the Export Finance Insurance Corporation ( EFIC) of Australia and the Rabobank, Netherlands to provide funds to import 20,000 cows. Under this, the ministry will import 20,000 cows from Wellard Rural Export Pvt. Ltd, Australia at a cost of nearly $ 74 million (more than Rs. 9.6 billion).

In addition to the Kandakadu farm, the army has farms in Ella- Kantale, Kuttigala, Diyatalawa, Paanaluwa, Habarakada, Ekala, Kandakadu, Udayarkattukulam, Menik Farm, Nachchikuda, Kohilawaguruwatta, Palali and Wellakulam areas totalling 2196 acres.

Those farms grow paddy, corn, vegetables, fruits, coconuts, sugarcane, peanuts, oranges, arecanut, cinnamon, banana, jak, seasonal crops and produce dairy products. In addition, some of those farms carry out animal husbandry, poultry and dairy cattle activity.

Troops of the Sri Lanka Army General Services Corps are actively engaged in these projects island- wide and sell the harvest to the public at reasonable price.

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