Self-sufficiency in sugar Govt's aims
The Government's aim is to produce 50 per cent of sugar requirement
of the country by 2013. For this an accelerated programme to popularise
sugar cane cultivation will be implemented, said Additional Secretary to
the Ministry of Supplementary Crops Development Leela Dissanayake.
The Supplementary Plantation Crops Ministry endeavours to promote the
sugar cane cultivation in several areas and also to commission a number
of large, medium and small-scale sugar manufacturing factories
In Anuradhapura district under this plan the Divisional Secretariat
divisions such as Mihintale, Rambewa, Kahatagasdigiliya, Thirappane,
Kekirawa, Palugaswewa, Galenbindunawewa, Medawachchiya, Kebithigollewa
and Horowpathana have been identified as highly suitable for sugar cane
cultivation, said Anuradhapura Additional District Secretary Anula
Indrani speaking at the recently held district agriculture committee
meeting at Anuradhapura Kachcheri.
Apart from the Anuradhapura district Bibile and Siyambalanduwa in the
Moneragala district have been identified to grow sugar cane under this
A feasibility study on the potentiality of the project is being
conducted by the Sugar Cane Research Institute and the Hector
Kobbekaduwa Agriculture Research and Training Centre, Gannoruwa and the
construction of sugar factories will be decided based on the feasibility
The Ministry envisages to grow sugar cane in about 30,000 acres under
the first stage of the venture in the Anuradhapura district.
The Agriculture Ministry, North Central Provincial Council and the
relevant Divisional Secretariat offices will assist in the programme
A workshop for the Land Officers, Grama Niladaris and Planning
Officers in the areas earmarked for sugar cane cultivation with
officials of the Sugar Cane Research Institute and Hector Kobbekaduwa
Agriculture Research Centre participating at the Supplementary Crops
Development Ministry relating to the project, was held on July 8.