Fallow fields put into good use

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The Department of Agrarian Development said the island’s fallow fields have been reduced to zero in eight districts.

The number of fallow fields have also been reduced in the districts of Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Monaragala, Ampara, Hambantota, Batticaloa, Kilinochchi, and Trincomalee.

In these eight districts, there were 21,200 acres of fallow fields, and all of them will be cultivated in the coming season.

Agriculture Minister Mahinda Amaraweera has also ordered that fallow fields in the Western Province be cultivated using the Sojan cultivation method, a technique adapted from Indonesia.

He said vegetable and fruit cultivation, as well as fresh water fish cultivation, can be done in swampy lands using the Sojan system.

Minister Amaraweera directed the Department of Agrarian Developmentto carry out a five-year replanting programme, allocating them to people without paddies, if the owners do not cultivate all of the fallow fields.

By Nirmani Gunaratne