500 development projects to uplift rural community
COLOMBO: Samurdhi and Poverty Alleviation Ministry has
implemented a special project "Randahadiya Nil Diyawara" to streamline
the rural agricultural sector.
The objective of this project is to assist the rural community in
their agriculture activities and uplift their living conditions,
Samurdhi and Poverty Alleviation Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi told
the Daily News yesterday.
The Ministry has already allocated Rs. 53 million to implement the
project this year, she said.
According to the Minister 500 agriculture development projects will
be implemented throughout the country during this year. Of them 237
projects have already been started in Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa,
Kurunegala, Hambantota, Badulla and Moneragala districts. A sum of Rs.
26 million have been spent to implement these 237 projects.
Priority will be given to provide irrigation facilities to the
farmers, she said.
The Ministry through these 500 agriculture development projects
intends to cultivate 9000 acres of lands benefitting nearly 10,000
Samurdhi families. Each project once implemented will assist Samurdhi
beneficiary families in the respective area to improve their income
generation avenues, the Minister said.
As planned in the project, irrigation canals, anicuts, small tanks,
agriculture wells and high elevation water tanks will be constructed to
overcome the water problem of farmers. In addition, steps will also be
taken to renovate the above irrigation networks in these districts.
"As a special feature, each agriculture project to be implemented has
been identified and decided by the village community. The Ministry has
decided to make payments for skilled labour and technical expertise
utilised in these projects," she said.