4 million euro initiative to improve sustainability of paddy farming in Sri Lanka


COLOMBO (Information 1st); European Union and the Meals and Agriculture Group of the United Nations launched a 4 million euro initiative to enhance the effectivity and sustainability of paddy farming in Sri Lanka.

The 4 million Euro which is roughly 1.5 Billion Rupees funded by the EU was initiated at an occasion held on the Know-how Park in Hambanthota below the auspices of the Minister of Agriculture Mahinda Amaraweera, European Union Ambassador to Sri Lanka H.E. Denis Chaibi and FAO Consultant in Sri Lanka Vimlendra Sharan.

Applied by FAO with the help of the Ministry of Agriculture and the Mahaweli Authority, the programme targets 71,000 smallholder paddy farmers and 1,200 paddy seed farmers throughout seven districts together with Polonnaruwa, Badulla, Ampara, Matale, Puttalam, Kurunegala and Hambantota districts who had been severely impacted by the latest financial disaster.

The recipient farmers will obtain materials and technical help to switch from conventional cultivation strategies to climate-smart, fashionable farming strategies

The eligible paddy farmers cultivating as much as 0.5 ha of land will obtain 50 kg of urea fertilizer and mandatory instruments to reinforce the effectivity of fertilizer use.

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