President Ranil Wickremesinghe has unveiled a 10-year initiative aimed at boosting agriculture and tourism in Sri Lanka’s Eastern Province, with a particular focus on the development of Trincomalee. He highlighted plans to harness the untapped potential of the Mahaweli A and B Zones in Batticaloa District, which were previously overlooked by Mahaweli projects. Additionally, a comprehensive tourism strategy will be implemented from Nilaweli to Panama. The President announced these plans at the 149th anniversary celebration of Chenkaladi Madhya Maha Vidyalaya in Batticaloa. He stated that the aim of this ambitious undertaking is to transform Trincomalee into a major city and a robust economic hub. In terms of agriculture, the President mentioned plans to diversify the crop portfolio and increase liquid milk production.
The President emphasized the importance of agricultural development in the Eastern Province. He highlighted plans to harness the untapped potential of the Mahaweli A and B regions in Batticaloa District, which have been overlooked by Mahaweli projects in the past. The goal is to create a modern agricultural industry in the area and diversify the crop portfolio. Additionally, there are plans to increase liquid milk production through the introduction of new livestock farming practices. The President expressed the need for support from local and international companies, such as Ambewela in Sri Lanka.
President Wickremesinghe also mentioned the comprehensive tourism strategy that will be implemented from Nilaweli to Panama. The aim is to develop Trincomalee into a thriving city and a bustling commercial hub. Surbana Jurong, a Singaporean company, has prepared a systematic development plan for Trincomalee Port, which the President is committed to implementing. The overall vision is to transform Trincomalee into a major city and a robust economic hub, in collaboration with India.