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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2765

Sea Weed Farming in the coastal area of Jaffna District

Colombo, 21 April, (Asiantribune.com):

Traditional Industries and Small Enterprise Development Minister and EPDP Secretary General Douglas Devananda initiated the scheme of sea weed farming in the coastal area of Jaffna District.

The scheme of sea weed farming for the coastal area (which is of 292 kilo metres long) in Jaffna District was introduced recently in the District Secretariat.

The sea weed farming project covering the entire coastal area of Jaffna peninsula launching is extreme significance towards the protection of sea resources as well as the expansion of fishing activities in the area, said Douglas Devananda, Minister of Traditional Industries and Small Enterprise Development, addressing the graduate trainees absorbed to the State service at the Coastal Environment Protection Programme held at Jaffna district secretariat.

Speaking further, the Minister said that the project initially would cover 292 km of the Northern coast and was a step in the right direction taken to protect and conserve the Northern coast which was under constant threat due to destruction of mangrove vegetation, coral reef and other natural resources preventing sea erosion.

He also said had such a step not been taken consequences would prove to be disastrous to fishing; the main livelihood of the inhabitants in these areas as well as to the beauty and splendor of the vast stretches of golden sea beaches in the North. The Minister requested the trainees to extend their full support to the Divisional Secretaries in implementing the coastal protection programme.

While addressing the occasion, Minister Douglas Devananda said that this scheme will be of immense help for protecting the coastal resources and it would also enable to expand the fishing activities and improve certain productions. In addition, this would also help to improve the livelihood of our people and the Minister urged the graduate trainees to guide and to take part in this scheme.

Many people including the District Government Agent Sundaram Arumainayagam, Additional Government Agent Rupini Varathalingam and National Agricultural Development Board Director Mrs. Ashoka were also present for the ceremony.

- Asian Tribune -

Sea Weed Farming in the coastal area of Jaffna District
Sea Weed Farming in the coastal area of Jaffna District
Sea Weed Farming in the coastal area of Jaffna District
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