Five major irrigation tanks in NorthEast to be renovated

[TamilNet, Monday, 08 August 2005, 16:56 GMT]
World Bank funded the North East Integrated Agricultural Programme (NEIAP) 2 has allocated about 16 million rupees to renovate five major tanks in the districts of Mannar, Killinochchi, Trincomalee, Batticaloa and Amparai bringing a total of about 37,749 hectares of land under paddy for both seasons and the beneficiaries will be about 30,811 farming families, NEIAP sources said.

Iranaimadukulam in Killinochchi district is to renovated at a cost of about 10 million rupees to bring about 8921 hectares under paddy cultivation in both seasons, Maha and Yala. About 9118 agricultural families will benefit under the project.

Allai tank irrigation project in Trincomalee district will be rehabilitated at a cost of about 2 million rupees thus bringing 7031 hectares under cultivation, benefiting about 10 thousand families.

Kattukaraikulam in Mannar district will be rehabilitated at a cost of one million rupees enabling about 6550 farmer families to do paddy cultivation both seasons in about 9984 hectares.

Urukamam Tank in Batticaloa district will be rehabilitated at a cost of about 2 million rupees. This will provide irrigation facilities to about 3,800 families to bring about 3888 hectare under paddy both seasons, sources said.

Karavahukulam in Amparai district is to be renovated at a cost of about one million rupees bringing 1923 hectares under irrigation and beneficiaries will be about 1343 families, sources said.

Iranaimadukulam in Killinochchi district would come under the administration of the North East Provincial Council and the balance tanks under the central government, NEIAP sources said.


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