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Farmers Allowed Access to Ariyalai East
[Updated :: 2010-09-29 15:00:20 Hours]

Nearly one hundred Jaffna farming families were benefited when a land stretch of over 300 acres in Ariyalai East in 512 Brigade area was given back to their original owners on Tuesday (28.09.2010) for paddy cultivation in the “Maha” season with a grand “Vap Magula” ceremony.

Ariyalai East in the Nallur Divisional Secretariat remained a restricted area for civilians until Army Engineers cleared the area of mines laid by the LTTE during their domination in the area.

Governor Northern Province Major General (Retd) G.A. Chandrasiri made a special note of thanks to Commander Security Forces – Jaffna Major General Mahinda Hathurusinghe and all Army personnel who took a tireless effort for the farmers to resume their livelihood..

The event was coincided with distributing of Agriculture equipment among the farmers from allocations of the Governor’s fund. Thirteen hand tractors and paddy seed were issued free while seventeen more hand tractors, water pumps and a stock of fertilizer were given at concessionary rate. The Ministry of Agriculture and Agrarian Department of Jaffna organized the Vap Magula ceremony with assistance of Army.

This first ploughing or Vap Magula in Jaffna took place on Tuesday with participation of Chief Guest Hon. Minister of Traditional Industries and Small Enterprises Mr. Douglas Devananda, Governor Northern Province Maj. Gen. (Retd) G.A. Chandrasiri and District Secretary Jaffna Mrs. Emelda Sukumar.

A large crowd including religious leaders in the area, a number of officers of the Agriculture and administrative sector, senior Army officers and thousands of farmers were present.


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