- Published on Thursday, 15 March 2012 11:13
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1. Rs 90 M for Development of Small and Medium Scale Poultry Farming
- On a proposal made by Mr Arumugan Thondarnan, Minister of Livestock and Rural Community Development, the Cabinet decided to allocate Rs 90 Million to provide self employment assistance to small and medium scale poultry farmers in order to make the industry self sufficient in 2016.
- The contribution by the poultry sector for the development of livestock sector is around 70 percent and the industry has around 70,000 poultry farmers.
- At present an average of 10,000 MT of chicken meat and 100 mn of eggs are produced. The monthly and per capita availability is 6kg
- The target for year 2016 to be self sufficient in the industry is the production of 18,000 MT of chicken meat and 280 mn of eggs per month
- In order to achieve this target it was decided that this programme should be implemented in collaboration with the 'Divineguma' Programme launched by the Ministry of Economic Development to provide the following facilities along with 50 percent capital investment grant
- o Introduce self-employment opportunities and establish 4,500 new small scale poultry farms;
- o Establish 75 Mini Hatcheries;
- o Establish 100 Mini Processing Units;
- o Expand cold storage facilities;
- o Introduce 100 Mobile Sales Units; and,
- o Provide training facilities on poultry farming and disease
- o Control, to poultry farmers and officers.
2. Increasing the Profitability of the Lunuwila and Weerawila Fishnet Factories –
- The proposal made by Mr. Douglas Devananda, Minister of Traditional Industries and Small Enterprise Development, the cabinet decided to increase the production capacity of Northsea Ltd. to 80% with funds amounting Rs.I5 million to be obtained through a Bank loan.
- The capacity utilization of the Fishnet factories at Lunuwila and Weerawila of Northsea Ltd has been 40 percent in the past and it has been decided to increase its capacity up to 80 percent with bank loan
- The cabinet decided to provide guarantee through treasury to obtain the required funds from a bank
3. Vaishakya Girls' College, Wellawatte to be handed over to St. Pauls Girls' College, Milagirlya
- The proposal made by Mr. Bandula Gunawardena, Minister of Education, to hand over the Vaishakya Girls' College, Wellawatta to St. Pauls Girls' College, Milagiriya, for development of the school, was approved by the Cabinet.
- This is a grade 2 school with 130 students and 12 teachers and it has classes from Grade 1 to Grade 11. The objective of this project is to convert this school as a popular school in the future.
4. Trincomalee Integrated Infrastructure Project to be expedited
- The Government of Sri Lanka has received 2 credit facilities from AFD Agence Francaise De Developpment towards the cost of Trincornalee Integrated Infrastructure Project.
- The scope of work under the above project includes the following:
o National Highways
Batticaloa-Tirikkondiadimadu -Trincomalee Road (A 15) – 99 km.
Allai ~ Kantale Road (B 1 0) - 41 km.
o Provincial Roads
Mavadichchenai - Kaddaiparichchan Road (12km.)
o Major Bridges
- The proposal made by President, as the Minister of Ports and Highways for the revision of the cost of the contract up to Rs.11 ,217,000,000.00 as recommended by the Cabinet Appointed Procurement Committee, due to variations in the scope of the work, was approved by the Cabinet,
5.Rs 200 M for a new Conference Hall for Kandy District Secretariat –
- On a proposal made by Mr. W.D.J. Seneviratne, Minister of Public Administration and Home Affairs the Cabinet decided to allocate Rs 200 million to construct a new Conference Hall with modern facilities for the District Secretariat Kandy
- Kandy District Secretariat will be able save funds spent to conduct all its meeting outside its premises due to lack of facilities.
- The total cost of the plan for the construction of a three storied conference hall in extent of 29,947.5 Sq feet at its premises is Rs.200 million.
6.Establishment of a Wild Elephant Confinement Centre at Horawapathana
- On a joint proposal made by Mr. Anura Priyadharshana Yapa, Minister of Environment; and Mr. S.M. Chandrasena, Minister of Agrarian Services and Wildlife, cabinet decided to establish a Wild Elephant Confinement Centre at Horawapathana in order to Minimize damages caused by Wild Elephants.
- A land area of 1582 hectares in extent belonging to the Department of Forest Conservation in Horowupothana, covering the Northern and North Western Region will be used to minimize human-elephant conflict.