Written by Staff Writer
11 May, 2016 | 10:14 pm
Cultivation for the Yala season under the “toxin-free country” programme commenced on Wednesday, May 11.
The Vap Magul festival was held in the Polatagama paddy fields in Yatiyanthota today under the auspices of Agriculture Minister Duminda Dissanayake.
The three-year project has been initiated by the Presidential Secretariat and the National Food Production Programme, on the instructions of the President.
It is expected that 150,000 acres will be cultivated for the Yala season under the toxin-free country programme.
Minister of Agriculture, Duminda Dissanayake stated:
There are many instances where wrong decisions were taken due to politics, without thinking of the country or individuals. There are 30,000 villages in Sri Lanka. Therefore, it is their hope to transform 15,000 villages to fruit growing villages in the next three years.
A paddy field in Pahe-Ela, Wijayabapura in Polonnaruwa, belonging to President Maithripala Sirisena, was cultivated under the toxin-free country programme.
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