Nearly 90 per cent of the projects undertaken within the three-month programme by the Ministry of Promotion of Zoological Gardens and Botanical Gardens have been completed.
Addressing a press conference on Wednesday at the National Zoological Gardens in Dehiwela, Minister Bandula Basnayake said that projects undertaken under the Mahinda Chinthanaya had been very successful.
`We are hopeful that by April this year, each and every project will be completed,` Basnayake added.
Nearly rupees 35 million had been on these projects, he said.
The majority of these projects are within the premises of the National Zoological Gardens in Dehiwela and the Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya.
National Zoological Gardens Director Brigadier H. A. N. T. Perera said that a website was launched to further promote the nearly 100 year old zoo and 30-year old Elephant Orphanage in Pinnawela.
The Director said that improving the Swan-pond. The Butterfly arbour providing barless enclosures to Tigers and Jaguars, improving foreign bird aviary are among the major projects undertaken within the three month programme.
Botanical Gardens Director Professor Cyril Wijesundara said that numbers of programmes were conducted to promote the floriculture industry in five districts and day farming programmes were also conducted.
He said plans are afoot to introduce the internationally accredited diploma on floriculture and landscape designing.
Professor Wijesundara said he was hopeful that this diploma course would attract more foreign students.