Hadabima to propel cultivation drive
The Sri Lanka Hadabima Authority will cultivate vegetables and other
subsidiary crops in 1,000 acres in the North and Eastern Provinces with
Army and Civil Security Forces' labour.
This will be launched to provide quality vegetables throughout the
country, Hadabima Authority Chairman Nandasena Herath said. This massive
program will be launched on the direction of President Mahinda Rajapaksa
and on the guidance of Agriculture Minister Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena.
The inaugural program of this project will be held under the
patronage of Agriculture Minister Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena at the Mannai
Weditalathiv Army Camp on February 26. A parallel program with an
inaugural function will be launched at the Buoya Camp. The Hadabima
Authority has planned to cultivate around 50 acres the first stage.
Herath said that lands was available at Army Camps while labour can also
be provided by the Army. "After eradicating terrorism, soldiers are free
of their major duties. Their labour can be used to grow crops in the
country," he said. The Sri Lanka Hadabima Authority has planned to
provide seeds and organic manure.
These cultivations are grown under organic farming methods. Plans are
to provide only organic manure. Herath said that one of the main
objectives of this program is to build a healthy generation. Vegetable
selling centres are also provided in relevant areas.
Vegetables will be distributed using crates throughout the country.
The Chairman said the Sri Lanka Hadabima Authority expects to implement
this to help provide job opportunities for residents in certain areas.