Nintavur located in Ampara district which is predominantly covered by agricultural land especially paddy land. In that context the Ninatvru 74% of land paddy land out of 3478.89 hectare of total land and also the Nintavur located in strategically located for Agro base industrial cluster. Therefore, there are many small-scale industries located in the local area based on utilizing the local potential. In that case there are 60 rice mills and 86 numbers of brick making center, and other food manufacturing centre also located. It is one of the potential and those small-scale industries highly contribute to accelerate economy of the locality and its surrounding region.
Rice Mills Industry
Nintavur know as rice bowl of Ampara as 47% of rice mill alone located in Nintavur. It is one of the local potential and contributes to local economy. There are 74 registered rice mills located in Nintavur alone out of 154 rice mill while Ampara district having.
According to the Central Environmental authority categorization there are 29 numbers of B type rice mills and 45 number of C type rice mills located in Nintavur.
“B” – Category: Wet processing production capacity below 5000kg/day rice “C” – Category: Dry processing and small scale rice mills. (Domestic purpose)
There are some issues also have identified in the rice mill industrial sector.
- Traditional Technology and Machinery - Limited store capacity. - No value added products.
Brick Making Centre
Brick making centres are locally contribute to accelerate the economy of Nintavur and support to people livelihood and Nintavur brick famous and very demand in Ampara district. Especially the brick vaddi agglomerate due the availability of husk which come as waste from rice mills which is use for fuel to make brick. And clay use as a raw material for brick making and clay available in surrounding villages such as Nainnakadu and Samgamam, Amparra. There are 86 numbers of brick making center out of 86, 26 registered, 60 numbers of brick making center not registered. 9 There are 05 labours get employment opportunity in one center. Accordingly, around 50,000 brick block produce per monthly per brick vaddi. And also there are some issues have identified. Those are following.
- There is clay in some areas of Nintaur local area but there are no permits. - Cost of raw materials has increased from rs.6000 per load (2015) to Rs. 12500 (2017) because of shortage in raw materials. - Competition with Kokkadicholei and Ampara brick industry. - Production cost has increase.
Local Industrial Network
Accordingly, the Ninatvur predominantly covered by green lush paddy field with high production therefore the rice mills cluster located and enclosed in local area. Later on, the brick makers find the land close to the rice mills where they can get husk as a fuel for making brick. Also, very recently the biomass power plant located based on paddy husk as a main source of power generating. It has very well connected each other and depended on basically paddy field.
Nintavur area stretching from Wettaru in the north to Kalioda aru in the south with the coastline of 7 km and the sea boundary that they have is very resourceful and potential to accelerate the local economy. It is also one of the deepest seas and famous for deep sea fishing. But the local people engaging only Shallow fishing activities while doing shallow fishing the fisherman only can able to catch 14.13 MT annually. It is one of the lacking parts of this fishing sector in the Ninatvur local area. Hence the fisherman allows to go up to 200 N. Miles but presently the fisherman using only 2 to 3 N. miles. This facts and figure very clearly show that the local people not optimize the local potential and resources in the efficient manner while having around 806 active fishing families.
When look at this issue that why the local people not engaging in deep sea fishing the local fisherman have some lacking part to carry out or continue the deep-sea fishing. Those are following.
• No investors to get large boats.
• No trained fishermen deep sea fishing. 10
• While using small boats their annual product is 14.13 Mt.