More land to come under the plough
By Naalir Jamaldeen
Tanks, Reservoirs and Irrigation Development Related to Rural Paddy Fields State Minister Anuradha Jayaratne yesterday (28) said that under the accelerated ‘Vari Saubhagyaye’ (Irrigation Prosperity) programme 5,000 reservoirs would be renovated throughout the country. The services of the Civil Defence Forces will be obtained to renovate anicuts, reservoirs and other irrigation development projects in the Kandy District.
He said the Ange Wewa tank in Doluwa area in Gampola will be renovated at a cost of Rs 8 million, expressed confidence that once the renovation work was over, more than 32 acres of paddy field could be provided irrigation facilities, and more than 50 farmer families will benefit by the venture.
Jayaratne pointed out that renovation work of reservoirs, anicuts and irrigation canals were being carried out across the country in the agricultural districts and said agriculture officials have been instructed to uplift agriculture, which is the main livelihood of farmers.
The assistance and support of stakeholder institutions will be obtained to renovate reservoirs, anicuts and irrigation canals and more cultivable land is expected to come under the plough during the Maha and Yala seasons.