The Industrial Development Board (IDB), identifying the importance of spreading the leather and foot wear industry throughout the country, anticipates opening its second leather and footwear manufacturing village in Anuradapura by the end of this week.
`Although Anuradhapura is synonymous with agricultural activity, we see people are keen on conducting self- employment ventures such as footwear manufacturing to earn an additional income. Twenty young people have enrolled in our initial training programme in footwear manufacturing,` said IDB Centre for the Development of Leather Products and Footwear L. P .S. Karunadasa.
The leather and footwear village in Anuradhapura will be handed over to the Public by Rural Industry Development and Self-Employment Promotion Minister S. B. Navinne, who will be partnered by Anuradhapura Chief Minister Berty Premalal Dissanayake on July 27, 2007.
The government has spent Rs.5 million to set up the footwear manufacturing village.
`The village is facilitated with a fully equipped resource centre for leather and footwear manufacturing. A entrepreneur from Colombo to purchase the products would also be introduced to the village where he would provide the required raw material to the self employees, if necessary,` said Karunadasa.
He added that when self-employees come to know of the current trends and market requirements, along with the experience, they would be able to start their own enterprises. to fulfil the leather and footwear needs of the area they live.