Products Earn Big Demand at Army Seva Vanitha New Year Fair at Panagoda
:: 2011-04-10 20:00:20
Stalls selling Jaffna traditional handicrafts, Jaffna vegetables,
Jaffna food products and Jaffna fish which were put up by the Security
Forces Headquarters – Jaffna (SF-J) at Panagoda “Rana Aruna Udanaya”
New Year Fair 2011 drew large crowds when the fair was opened by
Commander of the Army Lieutenant General Jagath Jayasuriya on Saturday
Male and female SF-J soldiers, attired in traditional Jaffna dress,
were seen busy selling sweetmeats, food items, grape wine, Jaffna
cordial and handicrafts and household items made out of Palmyra
to Security Forces members and civilians, who flocked at the Panagoda
Army School grounds, where the New Year fair organized by the Seva
Vanitha Army Branch (SVAB) under the auspices of its President Mrs.
Manjulika Jayasuriya was held.
A separate stall had been opened to sell Jaffna special foods such
as ulundu wade, thal hakuru (Jaggery), kottakilangu and so on. Many
people visiting the fair took a special interest in tasting Jaffna
ulundu wade instantly prepared and served hot. All SF-J stalls decorated
with Palmyra leaves and colourful traditional Hindu designs impressed
customers walking about the premises.
8000 kg of various kinds of upcountry and low-country vegetables
cultivated in Jaffna were sold at half the rate of normal market
price on 9th and 10th. Most of them were grown by Jaffna soldiers
in the SF-J farm at Palaly while the remaining quantity was purchased
from farmers in remote areas in Jaffna. Two lorry loads of fresh
fish from Valvettithurai and stocks of quality dried fish from Point
Pedro were among the best selling items at the fair. Mr. Gunawardane,
a government teacher was thankful to the Army for making arrangements
for people to buy essentials at extremely cheaper prices during
the New Year season.
attention of ladies was drawn to Jaffna handicrafts and Palmyra
products section. Ms. Deepika Samaraweera of Homagama said that
it was amazing to see such skilled creations at such an unbelievable
of the Army Lt. Gen. Jagath Jayasuriya, President SVAB Mrs. Manjulika
Jayasuriya and other senior officers were welcomed to Jaffna section
of the fair by Commander SF-J Major General Mahinda Hathurusinghe.
Aruna Udanaya” New Year Fair 2011 is another welfare project of
the SVAB to raise funds for the betterment War Heroes.