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Wednesday, January 05, 2011 - 05.46 GMT

Agrarian Services Centers to boost agriculture


The government has established 556 Agrarian Services Centers with the objective of serving the farming community, providing proper guidance and training throughout the island.

Arrangements have been made to make these centers functional and make them the focal point of assisting the farmers in the spheres such as holding workshops for introducing new agricultural methods, provision of training to farmers on modern techniques, distribution of high quality seed and plant material, distribution of fertilizer under the subsidy schemes, and for distribution of equipment, and in the implementation of one million domestic economic units programme, said the Minister of Agrarian Services and Wild Life Mr. S. M. Chandrasena.

The Minister said that centers for producing organic fertilizer will be established throughout the island and farmers as well as the people will be trained on the production of organic fertilizer, and thereby save the massive drain of foreign exchange caused by fertilizer imports.

Explaining further, the Minister said that fertilizer imports will be allowed only under strict supervisions and adopting quality control methods at the ports of landing and unloading, and subsequently it will be subjected to further checks at storage points and distribution centers.

He said that the Ministry will also actively assist in the one million domestic economic units project launched by the Economic Development Ministry recently.





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