The project to strengthen food security and livelihoods of 150 beneficiaries in Eachalamkulam and Kalmadu in Vavuniya was funded by the Japanese Government through the IOM.
Field assistants in Tharanikulam, Eashwaripuram and Nochchikulam were given push bicycles and instructions to complete the identification of 25 quarter acre plots of farming in each village and map them out. They were also instructed to conduct a monthly evaluation to report the progress in their respective villages by visiting all the beneficiaries in the village.
The beneficiaries were also issued stationary to write the daily activities done by them, which would include land preparation, weeding, preparation of liquid fertilizer and application, harvesting, sale of products and income.
In addition the beneficiaries were given fruit crops and utensils. During our meeting Mrs. Sakila Banu, the Deputy Director Agriculture consented to establish the Sustainable Agriculture Research Centre.
By: Dr Lionel Weerakoon – MONLAR