Japanese Grant for Displaced Vavuniya Families

The government of Japan has provided US$ 89,825 (over Rs 11.7 million) in grant aid for a project to improve the livelihoods of the resettled people in the Vavuniya District under its Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Project (GGP), the embassy said.

‘The project for increasing Food Security with Comprehensive Measures in Vavuniya’, to be implemented by People’s Livelihood Development Foundation (PLDF), aims to improve agricultural activities and livelihoods of approximately 625 resettled families who are engaging in agricultural in the area.

Through the project, Elamarandakulam and Poomaduwa tanks in Vavuniya south district secretariat division will be renovated to expand paddy cultivation and home gardening in the area. The project includes livelihood improvement activities such as provision of agricultural tools, plants and seeds and food processing programs for the community in Rankethgama, Thaddankilama, Palleuruwa and Awarankulam along with renovation of 2 tanks, the embassy statement to media said.

Priyantha Kumara, Director of Peoples Livelihood Development Foundation said, “more than 625 families will be benefitted. The project will also encourage and educate community to grow crops in their home gardens. Food processing training and home gardeneducation programs will facilitate a path for better livelihood” The Grant contract was signed by Nbuhito Hobo, Ambassador of Japan and Priyantha Kumara, PLDF Director recently in Colombo.

Source: Sunday Times August 26th 2012

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