Encouraging home gardening in the urban city of Colombo to combat surging food costs, HNB PLC launched its flagship initiative to revive and revitalise the agricultural industry, ‘Saru Ge-Watte’ across nine selected branches in the city.
Working in collaboration with agricultural offices at district level, the second leg of the initiative was launched at the Wellawatta, Thimbirigasyaya, Bambalapitiya, Sea Street, Kollupitiya, Green Path, Head Office, Mutuwal and Kotahena customer centres recently. HNB Deputy General Manager Retail and SME Banking, Sanjay Wijemanne, HNB Deputy General Manager – CHRO/ CTO, L. Chiranthi Cooray, HNB Deputy General Manager- Legal (Board Secretary) Thushari Ranaweera ,HNB Assistant General Manager – Microfinance, Vinodh Fernando, HNB Assistant General Manager – SME, K. Indravasan, HNB Regional Business Head – Colombo Region, Somaskandasarma Narenthiran, Agriculture Department Commissioner General, A. H. M. L. Abeyrathna, Department of Agrarian Development Officer, Shiromi Ratnayake and Agrarian Services Assistant Production Assistant, Ranjith Pushpakumara were present at a special ceremony held to mark the occasion.
“If you look at the Colombo District it is very densely populated, so the home gardening concept has become smaller and smaller as people are now confined to living in apartments. However, with our initiative people can start growing their fruits and vegetables right on their balconies which will benefit their health and families.
“Through this initiative, we are encouraging economic empowerment and entrepreneurship, educating citizens and the younger generation about the value of home gardening and cultivation, and most importantly providing nutritious meals to every household.” HNB Deputy General Manager – CHRO/ CTO, L. Chiranthi Cooray said.
HNB also distributed plants and seeds to residents and businesses in the area to promote home gardening.