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Jaffna “CIMIC” Farmers Win Heavy Prizes
[Updated :: 2011-07-20 16:45:08 Hours]

Winners of the CIMIC Home Garden Competition 2011 conducted by the Security Forces Headquarters - Jaffna (SF-J) received valuable prizes during a grand ceremony held at J / Sri Soma Skanda College, Puttur on Wednesday (20).

A stock of prizes to the value of Rs. 1.3 million was distributed among 215 farmers who participated in the CIMIC Home Garden Competition 2011. All farmers were assisted by SF-J soldiers serving in respective areas to prepare the soil, grow vegetables and maintain the home garden.

Mr K. Thileep Kumar of Kodikamam who owned the best home garden was awarded with a brand new hand tractor. He was assisted by the soldiers of 11th Battalion - Vijayabahu Infantry Regiment (11 VIR) of 523 Brigade. Five water pumps and nine spray machines were given away to 14 farmers next in line in the winners’ list while 200 packs of agricultural equipment were given to each farmer as consolation prizes.

Hon. Minister of Agrarian Services and Wild Life Mr. S.M. Chandrasena was the Chief Guest of the award ceremony organized by the Civil Affairs and Public Relations Office Jaffna.

Hon. Minister Chandrasena, Commander Security Forces - Jaffna (SF-J) Major General Mahinda Hathurusinghe, Head of the Department of Agricultural Biology, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Jaffna Prof. G. Mikunthan and senior Jaffna citizen Mr. Ishwara Sarma Sabaratne also addressed the gathering. Officers of the SF-J and the Ministry and a large crowd of civilians attended the occasion.

“Lak Pohora” institute functioning under the Ministry of Agrarian Services and Wild Life extended the sponsorship for all the prizes.

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