Minister instructs UDA to cultivate fallow lands | Daily News

Minister instructs UDA to cultivate fallow lands

Urban Development and Housing Minister Prasanna Ranatunga yesterday instructed relevant officials to identify lands belonging to the Urban Development Authority (UDA) which are suitable for cultivation.

Accordingly, officials are exploring the possibility of cultivating around 782 acres of UDA lands located across the country as an immediate measure against a possible food crisis.

The Minister also advised officials to give priority to native crops.

Minister Ranatunga also instructed officials not to commence large-scale projects which are in the pipeline due to this crisis situation and expedite work in the existing projects.

All unused lands in the Western Province will be cultivated as a solution to the forthcoming food crisis.

A three-month joint programme will be launched for this purpose. Under this, it was decided at a special meeting to implement a programme to cultivate 34,000 home gardens in the Western Province on all unused lands and fallow paddy lands.

Minister Ranatunga also instructed the authorities to take immediate steps to provide seeds and fertilizer for the 34,000 home garden projects in the Western Province. Accordingly, 300 home gardens will be cultivated under one Agriculture Instructor.

It was also decided at this meeting to implement special cultivation programmes by all government agencies belonging to the Western Provincial Council. Accordingly, short-term crops are to be cultivated on the lands owned by these state institutions.


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