Foundation stone laying ceremony of the Wholesale and Retail Market Complex in Moneragala Town. District Secretary, Director (Planning), Assistant Commissioner of Local Government Moneragala and UNDP representative are seen in the picture

The European Union has partnered with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) to provide productive infrastructure for local economic development in the Moneragala district. The project which commenced in June 2015 entails the upgrading of a rice mill facility and construction of a wholesale market and a mini economic center.

These interventions are carried out with the financial assistance that is provided through the European Union Support to District Development Program (EU-SDDP), with a total financial envelope of EUR 60 million (Rs.8.8 billion). The program aims at supporting the Government of Sri Lanka’s thrust for economic and social development in seven conflict-affected and border districts covering half a million people.

The project will support the Uva Wellassa Rice Mill by supplying modern rice milling and value addition equipment along with the supply of electricity to help meet its daily production capacity of 10,000kg of processed paddy per day. The paddy storage facility will ensure that paddy can be purchased in bulk from the farmers at a competitive price, and stored for a longer duration enabling the mill to operate year round independent of stock availability.

In addition, complementary support services are being provided to build the management capacity of the Kadukara Multi-purpose Cooperative Society which will be responsible for operating the mill. A total of Rs.7.8 million will be spent on this project which will impact approximately 10,000 paddy farmers and the population of the Moneragala district.