Agriculture Ministry identifies large extents of bare lands for cultivation | Daily News

Agriculture Ministry identifies large extents of bare lands for cultivation

The Agriculture Ministry yesterday highlighted the importance of the Government’s decision of preparing all bare lands to grow various agricultural crops including yams, breadfruit, jak and vegetables in addition to the traditional paddy cultivation.

Agriculture Secretary Rohana Pushpakumara said Ministry officials have already identified large extents of bare land that belong to the Agriculture Department and the Lands Department.

It is reported such bare lands which can be cultivated are located in many parts of the country.

Pushpakumara said he has already taken necessary action to allocate such lands to people on temporary basic to start cultivating suitable crops including green gram, cowpea, corn, yams and varieties of vegetables that suit the climate in the respective districts.

The Agriculture Secretary said that according to recent research, a large extent of uncultivated lands have been identified in Puttalam, Anuradhapura, Ampara, Batticaloa, Hambantota and Moneragala and steps have been taken to encourage people in these areas to cultivate various crops with the assistance of area Divisional Secretariats and grama niladaris. He said that with the success of this proposed cultivation programme there will be no food shortage in the country.

He also said the Government’s decision of importing high quality fertilizer, especially chemical fertilizer and weedicides and pesticides will benefit farmers who start cultivating crops on new lands.



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