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Monday, July 09 , 2012 - 06.35 GMT
A’pura to get 5,000 agro wells


The Government will build 5,000 agro wells in Anuradhapura District.

According to the Minister of Agrarian Services and Wildlife, S. M. Chandrasena this programme will be implemented in the North Central Province to renovate agrarian wells in the area.

In addition to this, farmers will be provided Rs. 10,000 to renovate agrarian wells, the Minister added.

There are around 4,000 agrarian wells in the Anuradhapura District. However, these had not been maintained during the past 10 to 12 years. Funds will be allocated to farmers through the Agrarian Services Department offices, he said.

The Minister said the move was initiated by President Mahinda Rajapaksa who requested the authorities to take steps to renovate irrigation systems and wells in the agricultural areas to help retain more water during the rainy seasons.

He said the Government will also provide equipment to renovate agrarian wells.

It had been identified that one agrarian well has the capacity to provide water to two or three acres. Twelve backhoe machines were also provided along with 20 water motors.

Another 200 water motors are to be provided with immediate effect.

The Government has also directed farmers to build small wells close to large reservoirs.




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