A Rs 292.4 million project to empower pepper growers in the Ratthota and Ambangaga Korale in the Matale District was implemented recently.
Around 2,500 farmer families will benefit from the project.
According to the Nava Rathota Cooperative Society, a number of machines and buildings have already been provided to farmers for processing pepper seeds, as part of the agricultural process in order to increase the value.
Chairman of Nava Rathota Cooperative Society Pramabhat Navaratne said the project has provided the necessary financial provision for the building facilities required for the separation and powdering of pepper seeds, as well as the production, storage, and use of oil from pepper as a trading centre, under the supervision of Project Director Yasanta Mapatuna.
In addition, with the participation of MP Rohana Dissanayake and Matale Governor Tejani Thilakaratne, a large number of implements such as knives and tools required for harvesting pepper were recently distributed to farmers.
BY I. A. Kumara – Naula