Agriculture Department celebrates century
The National Farmers' Week and Agriculture Department century
celebrations will be held in Gannoruwa, Kandy from July 20-25.
The opening ceremony of the Farmers' Week and the National
Agriculture Exhibition will be held on July 20 under the patronage of
Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa, according to the
Agriculture Department Information and Communication Director Dr Rohan
The construction of an agriculture museum will begin on July 22 under
the patronage of President Mahinda Rajapaksa coinciding with the
Farmers' Week, Wijekoon said. He added that as the Agriculture
Department completes 100 years it has organised a number of programmes
to mark the occasion. The department was established on May 20, 1912 and
it has carried out a great service for the betterment of the county's
agriculture sector since then.
The theme of the century celebrations is Hunger Free Proud Century.
"Sri Lankans never died due to starvation within the past hundred
years and we have food for another hundred years. Currently, farmers
have to face a lot of problems to sell their fruits and vegetables as
the country has a surplus of fruits and vegetables," Wijekoon said.
He added that in 1948 the country had to import 70 percent of the
requirement for the consumption of 7 million people. "But currently, we
do not import a single seed of paddy for the consumption of 21 million
people as we are self- sufficient in rice. The department plans to
showcase the proud history of the country's agriculture," he said.
Admission to the exhibition is free of charge for schoolchildren and
elders should buy a Govisetha ticket as the entrance ticket.