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Thursday, February 10, 2011 - 6.23 GMT

Cyber centers to farmers


The Ministry of Agriculture is to provide information technology to farmers aiming to increase productivity and better link farmers to markets.

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), will establish cyber centers that will be managed by four local farmer associations. USAID will also work with members of those associations to develop business models to ensure the long term sustainability of the centers.

As part of the same project, USAID and the Ministry of Agriculture have developed a web portal to help farmers access market information available from various ministries and departments.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa joined Minister of Agriculture Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Valerie Fowler, USAID Director James Bednar, and other senior Sri Lankan government officials to launch the event at the Dayata Kirula exhibition in Buttala.

The Ministry of Agriculture will establish 19 cyber centers in total in the Moneragala District as part of their internet-based agriculture extension program. The centers will provide extension services and cultivation information; agriculture and other training programs such as computer and language training; communication services; market linkages; price information and facilitation of other input supplies.






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