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President Maithripala Sirisena instructed the Director General of Mahaweli to look into the issues faced by the small-scale rice mill owners in the Mahaweli zone and if the intervention of the Government is required to implement immediate solutions.

President gave these directions during a progress review meeting of the Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment held at the Presidential Secretariat today (06).

Difficulties faced by the investors in this sector were also forwarded to the President who is the Minister of Mahaweli Development during this meeting.

President who took steps to provide immediate solutions to some issues and said he will discuss these matters with the relevant stakeholders.

President Sirisena pointed out the importance of paying attention to the solar power and renewable energy sources to face any future energy crisis. He also said the government is prepared to provide all the required facilities to the investors who are willing to invest in this sector.

The government annually spend Rs. 40,000 million on exported milk and priority should be given to invest in local livestock sector, President pointed out.

President enlightened the investors on the huge demand for commercial crops and spices in the overseas market.

President also assured to extend every assistance to tree planting projects and herbal crop cultivation.

President also educated the investors on opportunities available in the tourism sector.

Secretary to the Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment Udaya R. Seneviratne, Director General of Mahaweli Authority Anura Dissanayake, officials, local and foreign investors also attended this meeting.


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