Free seedlings for 3.5 million families:
Boost for coconut cultivation
Plantation Industries Minister D. M. Jayaratne will provide five
coconut seedlings for 3.5 million families in the country. Under the
program, 10 million coconut seedlings have already been distributed.
Another 10 million coconut seedlings are also to be distributed in
Divisional Secretary’s Divisions in next year.
Action has also been taken to distribute coconut seedlings among
public servants under the relevant project. Recently, Minister Jayaratne
provided 1,000 coconut seedlings to employees of Bank of Ceylon Head
Office in Kandy.
Researches have identified these coconut seedlings as high yielding
varieties. coconut Cultivation Board provides instructions for
cultivation. Making the Mahinda Chinthana development program a reality,
this program is launched under a conception of Minister Jayaratne to
strengthen the coconut industry.
It is envisaged to double the coconut production by 2015 and thereby,
to double the foreign exchange earnings.