from Peradeniya University Visit Army Farm at Palaly
:: 2011-04-06 18:30:10
One day workshop on crop cultivation and animal husbandry was conducted
by a team of agriculture scientists from the University of Peradeniya
for officers and other ranks who are working in the Palaly Army
farm run by the Security Forces Headquarters – Jaffna (SF-J) on
The seven-member team of senior lecturers and researchers from Department
of Animal science, Department of Crop Science and Department of
Agriculture Engineering of the Peradeniya Agriculture Faculty educated
the SF-J soldiers through a power point presentation and outdoor
lectures at the farm.
lectures and practical educational sessions were based on soil conservation,
Crop and Water Management, Post Harvest Processing and Livestock
Development. Weed control, inter-cropping, crop rotation and following,
nursery practices, pest and disease control and apiculture were
also among the areas covered during the one day programme.
to commencement of the workshop, those university lecturers who
arrived in Jaffna honouring the request of Commander SF-J Major
General Mahinda Hathurusinghe, visited the farm and studied the
composition of soil, climatic condition, verities of crops being
cultivated in the farm and technology being used. After a thorough
study, they recommended the varieties of seeds, fertilizer and the
seasons for cultivation in Jaffna. Special emphasis was made on
following the crop calendar for a high crop yield. Explaining the
present activities at the farm to visiting experts, Maj. Gen. Hathurusinghe
gratefully reminded the assistance given by the Thirunelvely Agriculture
Research Institute officials sharing agriculture technology with
the Army in this agriculture project. In addition, soldiers are
using their knowledge obtained from industrious Jaffna farmers who
are using traditional know-how in farming.
intervention of agriculture experts in the country to the farming
project at the Palaly farm, SF-J expects an improvement of productivity
of the farm which ultimately will back the country’s Gross Domestic
Product. The visiting team of dons highly impressed with the dedication
of the soldiers and improvements so far gained by them at the farm,
pledged their support anytime in future.
acreage of the Palaly Army farm exceeds 85 in which various types
of up-country and low-country vegetables are grown. A herd of cattle
of about 80 and nearly 40 goats are also being reared for milk and
fertilizer. Approximately 150 soldiers from farming families who
volunteer to work on the farm contribute their labour everyday from
dawn to dusk.
C.M.B. Dematawewa, Dr. R. Rambanda, Dr. T. Sivananthevarl, Dr. W.
Galagedera, Dr. Saman Athauda, Dr. T.S. Samarakon and Dr. J.K. Vidanarachchi
comprised the Peradeniya University team.