Minister Plans to Boost Agriculture in Jaffna
[Updated :: 2010-06-12 15:07:06 Hours]
Hon. Minister of Plantation Mr. Mahinda Samarasinghe visited Jaffna
Friday, June 11th on a special mission to explore possible ways
to develop agriculture in the peninsula under the government’s northern
development project “Uthuru Wasanthaya”.
Commander Security Forces – Jaffna (SF-J) Major General Mahinda
Hathurusinghe received the Cabinet Minister and the retinue at the
Palaly airstrip on their arrival.
Mr. Samarasinghe addressing a section of senior officials in Administrative
and Agriculture fields at the Jaffna District Secretariat emphasized
the need of introducing other economic crops including coconut,
rubber and sugarcane etc. which would bring more profit to Jaffna
farmers in addition to encouraging traditional home-gardening.
Government, through this new agricultural project, expects to get
the contribution of northern farmers to enhance the country’s gross
product of those commodities.
Deputy Minister Mr. Salinda Dissanayake, Commander SF-J Major General
Mahinda Hathurusinghe, Government Agent Jaffna Mr. K. Ganesh, District
and Divisional Secretaries in the Northern Province attended the
Minister, after the meeting with government officials, flew to Palai
to get first hand knowledge on successful coconut plantations in
Conclusion was made to establish a nursery at Palai to distribute
quality coconut plants to the Northern Province where thousands
of families will find a better livelihood when the government’s
plantation project gets underway. Newly re-settled families will
be among those are to be benefited. At the initial stage, three
quality coconut plants will be given to each re-settled family.
Kilinochch, which was once the centre for exchange of agriculture
products between the north and the south, will provide lands to
grow rubber and sugarcane in mass scale. It expected that economy
fallen due to terrorist activities in the area will commence to
revive as the new plantation project starts.
The Minister and the entourage left Jaffna the same day evening.