The Govt. asked the private sector to cough up Rs. 400 mn to rehabilitate 1,000 reservoirs

The United People’s Freedom Alliance wants the private sector to cough up Rs. 400 mn to rehabilitate 1,000 reservoirs as part of a programme for rural development. The United People’s Freedom Alliance wants the private sector to cough up Rs. 400 mn to rehabilitate 1,000 reservoirs as part of a programme for rural development. Speaking to a packed audience of leading business figures at the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, the Alliance made a joint pitch for private sector assistance to get its tank renovation project off ground.

Addressing the gathering, Agriculture Minister, Anura Kumara Dissanayake, said renovation of rural irrigation systems was vital to increase agricultural productivity and re-balance the socio-economic framework in rural Sri Lanka.

The project targets for this year includes rehabilitating 1,000 tanks, mainly in the dry zone, and cultivating 20,000 acres of land.

Minister Dissanayake says around 10 families live off one small rural tank for paddy cultivation and farming.

The reservoirs most suitable for immediate renovation will be identified and advertised on a website.

The private sector can then make its contributions a