Drought-stricken A’pura to get 5,000 agro wells
The government on the direction of President Mahinda Rajapaksa will
build 5,000 agro wells in the Anuradhapura district to cope with the
drought and as a relief measure to farmers, Agrarian Services and
Wildlife Minister S M Chandrasena said.
He was addressing a meeting of farming associations in the
Anuradhapura district at Kurundankulama on Saturday.
This programme will be implemented in the North Central Province to
renovate agrarian wells in the area.
Minister Chandrasena said in addition to this, farmers will be
provided Rs 10,000 to renovate agrarian wells.
There are around 4,000 agrarian wells in the Anuradhapura district.
However, these had not been maintained during the past 10 to 12 years.
Chandrasena said funds will be allocated to farmers through the Agrarian
Services Department offices.
The minister said the move was initiated by the President who
requested the authorities to take steps to renovate irrigation systems
and wells in the agricultural areas to help retain more water during the
He said the government will also provide equipment to renovate
It had been identified that one agrarian well has the capacity to
provide water to two or three acres. Twelve backhoe machines were also
provided along with 20 water motors.
Another 200 water motors are to be provided with immediate effect.
The government has also directed farmers to build small wells close
to large reservoirs .