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Barren lands to be brought under plough: Mahinda Yapa

The country’s barren paddy fields are to be brought under the plough under the Wari Saubagya project, Irrigation and Rural Development State Minister Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena said.

He was speaking at a meeting of state officials held at the Matara District Secretariat to inform them of the steps that are to be taken under the aforementioned project.

Highlighting that the previous regime’s poor policies led to agricultural stagnation, the state minister said that under the proposed Wari Saubagya project, the government will develop the country’s irrigation networks.

The project is to be inaugurated on January 6, in Matara, Abeywardena said, adding that around 15,000 acres of barren lands in the district could be used for the project.

A new agricultural policy is also in the works to create a more stable foreign exchange while increasing profits, State Minister Abeywardena said. He added that at present, there’s enough paddy in storage units to be distributed throughout the island for six months, but there are certain issues with paddy distribution itself that need to be addressed first.

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