Department of Education jointly with Department of Agriculture conducted an educational exhibition on 29th & 30th May 2014 at St. Michael’s College, Batticaloa.
Department of Agriculture, Batticalo,a displayed appropriate and modern techniques which are useful for students and urban farmers at the exhibition .Urban agriculture farm machinery and equipment, crop clinics, cyber extension and agricultural information were clearly displayed at the exhibition. Majority of the students officers, farmers and urban people benefited by visiting the exhibition.
Security Force-Jaffna (SF-J) recently started a new project to buy milk from Jaffna dairy farmers enhancing their economy. The new project was initiated from February 13th on concept of the Commander SF-J Major General Udaya Perera.
The 5th Sri Lanka Army Service Corps (5 SLASC) of Kankesanthurai daily buys milk from farmers of Inuvil, Suthumalai and Ponnalai at collecting centres of Balasingham Thutharsan, Pathmanathan Thuvanthan and M. parameshwaran.
Milk farmers now get extra income by selling their products to the Army. They earlier got only Rs. 48/= per litre whereas Army is now paying Rs. 60/= per litre. It is the fervent hope of the Army to improve economy of dairy farmers of Jaffna and raise the life standard of their families through this project.
Milk bought from farmers is used by the 5 SLASC to produce yoghurt for soldiers. The battalion expects to expand the project to some other areas.
“Revival of East” Agriculture Exhibition and Trade Fair was ceremoniously declared opened by Hon. Minister of Agriculture, EPC Hafees Naseer Ahamed on 18th August 2013 at Bt/Eravur Rahumaniya Maha Vidyalayam in Eravur, Batticaloa.
Main objective of this mega exhibition is to expose farmers and small industrialists to recent advances in production and value addition technologies and to provide leading technologies and service providers to showcase their services and latest products. At the conclusion of this exhibition innovative lead farmers were felicitated for their support and contribution to develop agriculture sector in Eastern Province.
Hon. M.L.A.M. Hisbullah, Deputy Minister of Economic Development, Hon. W. Dissanayake, Minister of Education (EP), Hon. M.S. Uthuma Lebbe, Minister of Roads (EP), Hon. M.I.M. Mansoor, Minister of Health (EP), Hon. W.G.M.A. Galappathi, Chairman of Eastern Provincial Council, Members of Eastern Provincial Council, Chief Secretary of Eastern Province, Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture (EP) are graced this occasion as special guests.
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.