Primary industries minister Daya Gamage today (25) chaired a meeting at the ministry office at the World Trade Centre in Colombo to discuss measures to increase the production and productivity in the local cinnamon industry.
Cinnamon exports have shown an increase, with 2016 bringing in 159 million US dollars of income.
The ministry has initiated aprogramme to raise that income to one billion USD by 2020.
Health minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne has opened the expanded treatment services of Ampara General Hospital.
Deputy minister Dr. Anoma Gamage too, participated.
A neonatal unit, cardiology unit, dental surgery unity, hospital computer system, buggy cart service, two wards and dental clinic and nurses’ quarters were opened on the occasion.
A Pirith chanting and an offering to gods has taken place in front of the D.S. Senanayake statue near Inginiyagala tank to pray for rains in the drought-hit eastern province.
The offering to gods took place in the night of April 08, followed by the Pirith chanting until the next morning by Buddhist monks from temples in Ampara district.
The activity concluded with the giving of alms to the Maha Sangha.
Minister Daya Gamage, Ampara government agent Thusitha P. Wanigasinghe, state officials and members of the farming community participated.