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Jaffna Intellectuals Admire Army’s Contribution to Farmers Taking Part in Home Garden Competition
[Updated :: 2011-07-14 21:35:10 Hours]

Prof. G. Mikunthan, Head of the Department of Agricultural Biology, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Jaffna said that it was amazing to see sandy soil in Champiyanpaththu is utilized by the farmers to grow vegetables successfully with the help of Army soldiers.

Addressing local media at the Civil Affairs and Public Relations Office, Jaffna, Prof. Mikunthan delightfully spoke of the good relations being maintained between civilians and soldiers in respective areas of the peninsula. The press briefing was held to educate media about the Home Garden Competition organized by the Security Forces Headquarters - Jaffna (SF-J). A five member-evaluation board comprising Head of the Department of Agricultural Biology, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Jaffna Prof. G. Mikunthan, Dean Faculty of Agriculture University of Jaffna Dr. Mrs. S. Sivachanthiran, a research scientist of Michigan State University USA Ms. Hashini Galhena Dissanayake, Mr. R. Rajeswaran of Kopay Maha Vidyalaya, Mr. R.A. Sritharan of Kokuvil Hindu College and Mr. P. Perimpanayagam of Neervely Athyar Hindu College visited 30 Home Gardens selected for the final round to get the best 15. SF-J with directives of Commander SF-J Major General Mahinda Hathurusinghe helped 250 farmers across the peninsula to have home gardens.

“We spoke to some farmers and they told us that Army personnel helped them a lot to start home gardens. We learnt that soldiers prepared the land, provided seeds and fertilizer to them. We also gathered a lot of experience. It is really challenging to grow vegetables successfully in some areas such as Champiyanpaththu in 55 Division area but effort of soldiers and enthusiasm of farmers have overcome all difficulties. I should say the contribution of soldiers has been immense,” Professor claimed.

The evaluation board suggested that this project be extended to Vanni area too. Dr. Mrs. S. Sivachanthiran and Ms. Hashini Galhena Dissanayake also put forward their ideas.

Prof. Mikunthan further said that the home garden concept would provide food, nutrition, income and above all mental relaxation to people.

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