Viyalanderan Assures Assistance for North & East Farmers
By Naalir Jamaldeen
Backward Rural Areas Development and Promotion of Domestic Animal Husbandry and Minor Economic Crop Cultivation State Minister Sathasivam Viyalanderan yesterday (29) said the Government’s policy is to promote organic fertiliser that will transform Sri Lanka to be a country with non-toxic soil.
The State Minister said consumption of toxic foods has caused various ailments including kidney diseases and that the Government is intending to create a healthier society by introducing organic farming.
He said that in parallel with this programme, the Government is promoting the cultivation of lentil, maize and oorid dhall cultivation in the Northern and Eastern Provinces to ascertain the provision of organic and nutritious food to rural communities and those who live below the poverty line. “It can alleviate poverty and raise the economic and living conditions of rural folk,” he further said.
Viyalanderan said the Government has allocated an ever biggest sum of Rs 85 billion from the 2022 Budget, adding that a major development can be achieved in the Northern and Eastern provinces this year.
“The programme to promote the cultivation of maize, oorid dhall and lentils among the people who live in the grassroots level and below the poverty line was inaugurated from Batticaloa District. All kinds of assistance including technology and seeds have been given to selected families who showed much interest on the cultivation of one or more of these crops. Now we brought this to Kilinochchi and Jaffna districts and will expand to other districts in the Northern Province very soon,” State Minister Viyalanderan said.
Viyalanderan said they distributed sufficient amount of seeds to selected farmers in the Jaffna District at a simple ceremony held at the District Secretariat with his participation.
The Government has been implementing various infrastructure and livelihood development programmes across the country at a cost of billions of rupees to raise living and economic standards of the rural community, the State Minister added.