The Army recently launched a mega agricultural drive by cultivating Kirby cucumber on 1,500 acres of abandoned government-owned lands in Kandakadu. Human resources and agricultural experts of the Army in the Kandakadu farm engaged in this endeavour.
The project was launched recently by joining hands with HJS Condiments Limited of the Hayleys Group of Companies with technical aid to enable the Army to succeed in this mega drive.
Army Commander, Lieutenant General Vikum Liyanage directed the Army Directorate of Agriculture and Livestock and the Sri Lanka Army Corps of Agriculture and Livestock (SLAC) to continue this green agriculture drive to ensure food security with the use of available resources in an effective and efficient manner.
Kirby cucumbers are usually short and bumpy and have a range of colours, from yellow to dark green. Kirbys are crunchy when eaten raw, but flavourful for pickling.Sometimes, they’re even sold as ‘pickling cucumber.’
Representatives of HJS Condiments, including the CEO, Director, Agriculture and Livestock Sri Lanka Army, Officers and Other Rankers of the Army, attended the inauguration.