Temples take lead in cultivation

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A cultivation programme has been launched centring on all temples across the island, as a solution to the country’s food crisis, Chief Prelate of the Malwathu Chapter, Most Venerable Thibbatuwawe Sri Siddhartha SumangalaThera said. He said, cultivation programmes are being implemented in temples and he hopes to encourage people to launch relevant programmes, led by the Chief Incumbents, in rural areas.

The Association of University Teachers for the Protection of Agriculture in Sri Lanka (AMSA-SL) has submitted recommendations for the revival of Sri Lankan agriculture, Professor Buddhi Marambe of the University of Peradeniya’s Faculty of Crop Studies, said.

He said that agricultural experts predict a food crisis in the future and that in order to deal with it successfully, everyone should engage in farming as much as possible. He also noted that temples would be used as a model for dealing with a food crisis caused by agricultural problems.

By K.L. Suraweera – Kandy