More than 8000 visitors are expected at the ‘Divi Neguma’ exhibition to be held in Mannar on January 21-22, according to the Ministry of Industry and Commerce.
It said the show will focus on reviving industries, especially cottage, in the region. “Many families in the area will be given the opportunity to become self-sufficient and event become suppliers of farm and livestock produce at micro level by this exhibition,” said Rishad Bathiudeen, Minister of Industry and Commerce of Sri Lanka. He was addressing the seventh high level planning session held at Mannar DS Office premises recently to discuss the forthcoming event.
He said, “We expect more than 8000 visitors from the area, including students for this top exhibition. We will showcase many livelihood support and enhancement options for backyard economic improvement.”
V. Sivagnanasothy, Secretary, Ministry of Traditional Industries and Small Enterprises said: “We expect to create awareness for village level families in the area on running cottage industries and facilities we offer for micro and medium scale cottage entrepreneurs. This exhibition will also be a machinery and equipment exhibition and we will also highlight spot in the production process where the machinery comes into manufacturing.”
Tilak Collure, Secretary, Ministry of Industry and Commerce, addressing the gathering, said: “We believe that your efforts will strongly assist in reviving the rural household economy in Mannar as outlined in the rural development concepts of Mahinda Chinthana.”