Exceptional progress in Api Wawamu - Rata Nagamu drive
The three-year integrated programme implemented by the Hadabima
Authority concurrently with Api Wawamu - Rata Nagamu national drive to
encourage indigenous products had shown successful results.
One important stage of this programme conducted under the direction
of Agricultural Development and Agrarian Services Development Minister
Maithripala Sirisena which involved home gardens management and Crop
diversification projects in particular had shown exceptional progress,
an Agricultural Development and Agrarian Services Development Ministry
communique said yesterday.
It said the entire project is implemented under five units - farm
technology training, provision of seeds and planting material, provision
of agricultural equipment and inputs, bee keeping programme and home
Under technological training, 360 farmers would be trained at a cost
of Rs. 360,000. The Hadabima Authority had already completed training of
138 farmers. Rs. 3.6 million would be spent on the provision of seeds
and planting material, targeting 2,400 farmers. Of them 2,206 farmers
have been already provided with seeds and planting material at a cost of
Rs. 2.54 million.
Provision of Agricultural equipment and inputs is aimed to divert
farmers towards new economic crops, draw youth into the programme and
obtain maximum productivity from land. A total of 2,400 farmers would be
provided with agri-equipment at a cost of Rs. 1.8 million. Already 2,206
farmers have been facilitated under this programme.
The bee keeping programme is aimed to activate the crop germination
process, setting up of model bee keeping villages and provide employment
Out of the targeted 350 farmers, 250 have been facilitated at a cost
of Rs. 144,000.
It is also hoped to conduct a home garden competition among 2,400
farmers under this programme, the communique added.