PS Chairman wins best home garden competition
In the home garden cultivation competition among the all Island
public representatives conducted by the Ministry of Agriculture under
the Api Wawamu Rata Nagamu programme, the home garden of Habaraduwa
Pradeshiya Sabha Chairman Bandupala Abeykoon has been selected as the
best home garden cultivator in the Southern Province.
It was placed first at the Divisional Secretariat as well as district
levels. This home garden is situated in the Meliyagoda Grama Niladhari
division in Ahangama within the Habaraduwa Divisional Secretariat area.
This home garden includes permanent cultivations such as jak, nadun and
mahogany as well as long term cultivation such as mangoes, rambutan and
Vegetables such as ladies fingers, long beans, ridge gourd, snake
gourd, capsicum and tomatoes, all leafy vegetables and fruits are also
grown in it. An apiary has also been set up with a beehive at one corner
of the home garden to collect bees honey. Anybody visiting this home
garden will be amazed at the systematic manner in which it is kept.
Bandupala Abeykoon recounting his success said, the food growing
campaign initiated on a concept of President Mahinda Rajapaksa is a
timely necessity towards self-sufficiency. The participation of people's
representatives is also an important aspect in this campaign. My home
garden has an extent of 19 perches. When I bought this piece of land 14
years ago it was a fallow land. I had to fill the land to prepare it for
cultivation. I don't use chemical fertiliser for cultivation.
I always use organic fertiliser. I never buy vegetables and fruits
for my household needs. All my needs are obtained from this home garden.
In fact, I get a deep sense of satisfaction from the effort I made
towards making my home garden a success.
We all should assist the cultivation campaign of the President
specially as politicians we should set an example to others by
participating in ventures like this. I followed the instructions given
to me by the Agricultural Instructor of Ahangama Aruna Piyasiri and the
Agricultural Research Assistant H.T. Gamini. I was also largely helped
by my wife and children.