The Government of Japan has provided US$ 89,825 (over Rs. 11.7 million) grant aid for a project to improve livelihoods of the resettled people in the Vavuniya District under its Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Project (GGP).
‘The project for Increasing Food Security with Comprehensive Measures in
Vavuniya’, which would be implemented by People’s Livelihood Development
Foundation (PLDF), aims at improving agricultural activities and
livelihood of approximately 625 resettled families who are engaging in
agriculture in the area.
Through the project, Elamarandakulam and Poomaduwa tanks in Vavuniya South District Secretariat division will be renovated to expand paddy cultivation and home gardening in the area. The project includes livelihood improvement activities such as provision of agricultural tools, plants and seeds and food processing programs for the community in Rankethgama, Thaddankulama, Palle-uruwa and Awarankulam along with renovation of two tanks.
Mr. Priyantha Kumara, Director of People’s Livelihood Development
Foundation said “more than 625 families will be benefitted. The project
will also encourage and educate community to grow crops in their home
gardens. Food processing training and home garden education programs will
facilitate a path for better livelihood. Through home gardening and Palm
training programs, new employment opportunities will be generated in four
villages in the area. On behalf of the resettled community in Vavuniya
South, PLDF would like to express sincere gratitude to the Japanese
Government and People.”
The Government of Japan has extended assistance for development in the
North through projects such as improvement of central facilities of Jaffna
Teaching Hospital, construction of Vavuniya-Killinochchi Transmission
Line, and urgent rehabilitation of resettled communities in Jaffna and
Mannar districts. Japan hopes that these assistances would holistically
contribute to sustainable peace and development in Sri Lanka and promote
the livelihood of the people.
The Grant Contract between the Ambassador of Japan Nobuhito Hobo, and Mr. Priyantha Kumara, the Director of PLDF was signed yesterday (Aug. 20) at the Ambassador’s Residence in Colombo.