Allowed Access to Ariyalai East
[Updated :: 2010-09-29
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”
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.
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
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.
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.