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Identify the right model to develop Sri Lanka – President tells researchers

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa requested the heads of research organisations to find ways and means to uplift a small country like Sri Lanka with a comparatively small population and economy.

Since the current global economy is based on knowledge, ours should be developed centered around our workforce that can be easily trained, President Rajapaksa observed.

The President made these observations during a meeting held at the Presidential Secretariat yesterday with Chairmen and Director Board members of state- sector research entities, a press communiqué issued by the President’s Media Division said.

This is the fourth of the series of meetings organised to enlighten heads of government institutes on the Vistas of Prosperity and Splendour Policy Statement. Heads of the Hector Kobbekaduwa Agrarian Research and Training Institute, National Science Foundation, Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Modern Technologies and Institute of Post-Harvest Technology were among the participants.

“There is a visible breakdown in our political culture. The people elected a person who was not a politician as their President with the hope of rectifying this. This is the challenge before me. The State sector has an enormous responsibility in fulfilling aspirations of the people. If the public institutes function in an efficient manner we will not have any issue in carrying out our duties,” President Rajapaksa said. The President emphasised that conducting comprehensive research is crucial for economic development and said that his main objective is to ensure a higher standard of living for the lower segments of society. He also said that the programme to recruit 100,000 unskilled persons from the underprivileged families was designed to achieve this objective.

“We are an agricultural country. But our farmers have always been poor. Second and third generations choose the agricultural field if it is the only option for survival. Modern technology should be introduced to this field to attract a new generation. India has successfully achieved results by doing so. Researchers should introduce new technologies to agriculture in order to free the underprivileged people from poverty,” President Rajapaksa emphasized.

Explaining the role and responsibilities of the research institutes, the President said it is imperative for researchers to identify accurately what our people need. Research needs to be done to introduce new techniques to the agricultural sector as well as to the fisheries sector. Even though we have many problems about use of chemical fertilisers, we still have not been able to shift to organic fertiliser. When considering the fisheries sector, research can be used to identify areas where fish are abundant. Secretary to the President Dr. P.B. Jayasundara, Ministry Secretaries and other senior officials were present.


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