Basil opens Sri Lanka’s first State-owned gamma centre

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Sri Lanka’s first multipurpose gamma radiation workshop was declared open at the Biyagama Investment Zone on Monday. The aim of this centre is to use conducive nuclear technology for the social and economic development of the country. Minister of Economic Development Basil Rajapaksa was the chief guest at the event. Rajapaksa said that the ultra technological sector would extend a massive contribution to Sri Lanka’s economic development. Technology and Research Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka said that measures would be taken within the next three years to elevate Sri Lanka through a process of ultra technological activities. The ultimate goal is to turn the country into an international food centre. Minister Ranawaka has also pointed out that the gamma radiation technique could be used directly for the advancement of many sectors, including medicine and agriculture. Other advantages include the enhancement of the export sector through the enrichment of quality of goods. This will pave the way for the expansion of foreign market opportunities. The small and medium scale businessmen will gain the opportunity to commence industries using gamma radiation technology. Deputy Minister Dulip Wijesekara, Ministry of Technology and Research Secretary Dhara Wijayatilake and Atomic Energy Authority Chairman Dr. R.L. Wijayawardana were among those who attended the event.