a leap forward in Civil-Military Coordination in Jaffna, the Crab Fattening Project
originated by Security Forces Headquarters - Jaffna (SF-J) in Kayts has created
jobs for reintegrated ex-LTTE combatants and their close relatives in Jaffna.
SF-J Major General Mahinda Hathurusinghe on Thursday (19) made a progress review
tour to the site with SF-J senior officers and met ex-LTTE combatants and Kayts
soldiers jointly working on the site to discuss the progress of the project and
difficulties faced by them.
Civil Affairs and Public Relations Office of SF-J with instructions
of Secretary Defence and Commander of the Army started this project
three months ago as a livelihood project for rehabilitated ex-LTTE
combatants living in coastal area of Karampan in the Kayts island.
On the project proposal of Commander SF-J Major General Mahinda
Hathurusinghe, the Northern Province Governorís office allocated
Rs. 1.6 million for the pilot project consisting of 10 crab ponds
with an area of 50ft x 40ft each.
the initial stage, water crabs are being reared in two ponds. Water crabs recommended
by the experts, who selected the site on the Karampan beach, are these days found
abundantly in Kokilai and Nayaroo lagoons in the Northeast of the island. Off
season currents have made it difficult to collect water crabs from Jaffna lagoons.
The 17th Battalion Gemunu Watch Commanded by Lieutenant Colonel
Senaka Premawansa has been assigned to supervise and coordinate
the project for a period of one year with the Cooperative Society
established for its employees. This crab fattening project in
future will generate some peripheral jobs such as marketing, processing
and food supply for crabs.