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Irrigation and Water Management Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva, participating in the inaugural ceremony of the Uva Paranagama Wekumbura irrigation project. Uva Provincial Council member A M Buddhadasa and Parliamentarian Chamika Buddhadasa also participated in the event.

All future constructions under the Irrigation and Water Management Ministry, would be done by utilizing the knowledge of Sri Lankan engineers, Irrigation and Water Management Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva said, addressing the inaugural ceremony of the Wekumbura Reservoir in Uva Paranagama recently.

He said the country was knowledgeable in the field of irrigation from the inception of Sri Lankan's history. However, he said the above knowledge had been hijacked by colonialism. For the launch of development programmes, a large amount of foreign exchange had been spent for the assistance of foreign experts. The ministry has drawn up plans to change such implementations in the near future, he said.

The minister said that the Irrigation Department had recruited about 200 irrigation engineers, 400 assistant engineers and 500 irrigation labourers, to meet the targets of the Irrigation Department. In addition, the ministry had paid their attention to increase the salaries of irrigation engineers.

The Irrigation Department has commenced the reconstruction programme for a selected reservoir in each electorate throughout the country.

The Uva Paranagama reservoir has been reconstructed under this programme, he said.

The ministry has spent a sum of Rs 150 million for the Wekumbura project. After the inauguration, the minister had released 5,000 fingerlings into the reservoir.

Around 100 paddy hectare could be cultivated under the Uva Paranagama Wekumbura reservoir project during Yala and Maha seasons.

Around 200 farming families would be strengthened under this project. Subsidiary crops also could be grown under the Uva Paranagama reservoir project, he said.



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