By Ariyaratne Ganegoda
The government is moving ahead with a project to develop the Palmyra Industry in the North, sources told Ceylon Today.
The Kaithady Palmyra Research Institute which was destroyed by the LTTE at the height of the war and rehabilitated by the government with the help of India was reopened by Economic Affairs Minister Basil Rajapaksa recently.
The Indian Government contributed Rs 70 million to the project of rebuilding the Kaithady Palmyra Research Institute. Minister Rajapaksa addressing the opening ceremony said the Palmyra products of the Kaithady people could be introduced to the outside market along with the other products of the North.
Minister Douglas Devananda, Indian High Commissioner in Sri Lanka Ashok K. Kantha and the Chairman of the Palmyra Development Board, Pasupathi Sivaratnam also attended this event.