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Wednesday , October 15, 2014 - 11.05 GMT
Govt fully aware of value of indigenous resources to strengthen national economy - President

 

The Government is fully aware of the value of indigenous resources to strengthen the national economy, and the imperative need to improve scientific research to enhance plantation crops that yield much revenue to the national economy, said President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

The President stated in his message to congratulate the 5th Symposium of Plantation Crop Research which he inaugurated at Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH) today (Oct. 15).

This awareness has led to many national resources that were to be auctioned away, continuing to be with the State, the beneficial results of which are clearly before us today, he added.

The policy framework of the government, the Mahinda Chinthanaya desires to buila self-sufficient economy, he said.
Facing many challenges, this policy has been implemented and thousands of neglected arid lands are being irrigated and harvested. Hence, as we became self sufficient in rice we will be able to increase yields in plantation crops too.

 

Following is the full text of the message by the President;


I am pleased to send this message to the 5th Symposium of Plantation Crop Research, jointly organized by four premier institutions in this sphere, the Sugarcane Research Institute, Tea Research Institute, Rubber Research Institute and Coconut Research Institute.

The Government is fully aware of the value of indigenous resources to strengthen the national economy, and the imperative need to improve scientific research to enhance plantation crops that yield much revenue to the national economy. This awareness has led to many national resources that were to be auctioned away, continuing to be with the State, the beneficial results of which are clearly before us today.

The policy framework of the Government, the Mahinda Chinthanaya desires to build a self-sufficient economy. Facing many challenges, this policy has been implemented and thousands of neglected arid lands are being irrigated and harvested. Hence, as we became self sufficient in rice we will be able to increase yields in plantation crops too. Our earnest hope is that all those in the public and private sectors who make a contribution to agriculture do so with complete dedication to ensure the economic prosperity of the country.

I congratulate the four research institutes – Sugarcane, Tea, Rubber and Coconut - for their innovative research based ideas that helped to increase crop yield, thus making an invaluable contribution to the government’s efforts to increase exports and meet local consumer demand.

I offer my good wishes to the Sugarcane Research Institute, Tea Research Institute, Rubber Research Institute and Coconut Research Institute on the occasion of this 5th Symposium of Plantation Crop Research and wish it every success.



 

 
 
   
   
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