Sri Lanka Army engaged in peacetime development work has generated over Rs. 50 million through six agricultural projects in the former conflict-affected zone.
The Army has generated an income of Rs. 55.13 million from the agricultural projects in Udayarkattu, Kandakadu, Manik Farm, Wellankulam, Nachchikuda and Yala Palatupana while spending Rs. 26.18 million.
Through its agricultural projects, the Army has taken steps to promote the various varieties of traditional rice, which are not dependent on fertilizer and pesticides.
Director Agriculture and Livestock, Colonel Buwaneka Gunaratne said that before the introduction of fertilizer-dependent hybrids, over four hundred different varieties of rice were grown in the country, each with different nutrient values and characteristics.
"Now only a handful of rice strains are wildly grown - almost all are hybrids," he said.
According to the Army, the aim is to promote agriculture that does not poison the earth or upset the delicate balance of nature, whilst encouraging healthy lifestyles.
Agricultural activities in these farms have been centered on rediscovering the traditional, sustainable, nature friendly farming methods.