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Thursday, February 03, 2011 - 5.42 GMT

Sabaragamuwa, KAU to provide farming technology  


Sabaragamuwa Province plans to collaborate with the Kerala Agricultural University to expand technology and farming knowledge to farmers.

Sabaragamuwa Deputy Chief Secretary Sujatha C. Pallethenna said that details of the possible tie-up would be discussed in April when Sabaragamuwa Chief Minister and Agriculture Minister were expected to visit Kerala, The Hindu reported.

Deputy Chief Secretary is leading a 13-member delegation that has visited different parts of Thrissur since January 27 in a tour coordinated by the Central Training Institute of KAU's Directorate of Extension.

“Kerala and Sri Lanka can share farming knowledge as they cultivate the same crops and have similar climate. Sabaragamuwa is keen on imbibe Kerala's strategies to develop its dairy sector, seed production and farm marketing techniques, and farm machinery production,” she said.

Sabaragamuwa province comprises the districts of Kegalle and Ratnapura. It has a population of 2 million. Nearly 85 per cent of the population depends on agriculture.

“Sabaragamuwa accounts for 36 per cent of Sri Lanka's tea cultivation, 40 per cent of rubber production and 10 per cent of food grain production. The province cultivates rice varieties such as BG 352, BW 351 and BG 94-1. We want the KAU to share with us the know-how for producing quality seeds,” she said.







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