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Thursday, May 29, 2014 - 5.50 GMT
Agrarian services to safeguard farming community


A large sum has been allocated under the last budget for the development of Agrarian Service Centers to make them guardians of the farming community and achieve sustainable development goals, according to Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa.

Minister Rajapaksa said this when he addressed a meeting held on May 28 in connection with promoting a group of Agrarian Services Department employees to Agrarian Development Assistant Commissioners.

The Agrarian Services Department which was established in October 1957 has 23 Agrarian Services Assistant Commissioners working in its 557 Agrarian Service Centers.

The tasks of the Agrarian Assistant Commissioners include strengthening farms, managing agricultural lands, re-cultivating abandoned paddy lands, repairing small irrigation channels, improving the economy of the farming community and other objectives relevant to the Agrarian Services Act activated under Agrarian Service Centers. Currently the Departmentís employees number nearly 12,000.

Speaking further the Minister said that since the department covers a large area the Governmentís aim is to make Agrarian Service Center institutions that will meet agricultural needs of farmers island-wide.




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