The President says the youth of the country empowered to get
connected with the export trade using cutting edge technology.
President says that youth of the country have been
empowered to get connected with the export trade using the mobile phone
and internet, at present, instead of mere traditional agriculture.
The President said that a complete array of
organizations is in the operation to provide loan facilities and
guidance for them to embark such initiatives and give a new facelift to
the traditional agriculture.
President Maithripala Sirisena made these remarks
speaking at the event which was organized to provide agricultural
equipment to the farmer organizations free of charge in line with the
National Food Production Programme. The event was taken place at the
public grounds, Anuradhapura this afternoon (08). As an initial step of
promoting modern technology in the agriculture field, the new equipment
were distributed among the farmers who represented all the provinces of
The President elaborated that it is compulsory to
equip the farming communities with the cutting edge technology to
improve country's agriculture and achieve the development goals of the
country; the government has devised a plan to fulfill the goals.
President also said that the future development goals
can only be archived through implementing program to develop the
agricultural sector. He recalled the ApiWawamu - Rata Nagamu (Let us
Grow - Raise the Country) project which was implemented during his
tenure as the Minister of Agriculture based on the concept of himself;
that helped to encounter the food crisis successfully.
The President also reminded that during the campaign
of the local government election of 2013, many promises were given to
provide relief to the drought hit people at the public rallies and media
outlets with full page paper advertisements under the guidance of then
leaders and no promise was redeemed following the election campaign.
The President said that the current government is
implementing a well-devised plan provide relief to the victims of the
recent drought and it is the most comprehensive relief package that was
ever granted to the drought victims.
While responding to the allegations that though a son
of a farmers has ascended to the power, no service has been rendered to
the farmers, the President said that he has a first-hand experience on
agriculture and the farming communities and a proper plan is underway to
connect the farmers to state of art technology and creating a generation
of farmers who entertain strong economic background and are rid of debt
A string of programs for example, providing
remittances to farmer organizations, presenting long service awards to
the employees of the Institute of Post Harvest Technology, presenting
certificates to the beneficiaries of the training programs conducted by
the Institute of Post Harvest Technology, distributing equipment to
manufacturer organic fertilizer, providing loan installments of "Sara
Lanka" program was held under the aegis of the President.
Several public representatives including Minister of
Agriculture DumindaDissanayake, Minister ChandraniBandara, Governor of
the Northern Central Province P.B. Dissanayake, Secretary to the
Ministry of Agriculture D. Wijayarathne and several government officials
were present at the event.
Courtesy: President's Media Division