Written by Staff Writer
18 Jan, 2019 | 9:03 pm
Colombo (News1st): The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI ) and Government of Sri Lanka today (January 18) inked a comprehensive work plan to advance Sri Lanka’s rice self-sufficiency goals through joint research on development projects in the country over the next five years.
The Sri Lankan delegation headed by President Maithripala Sirisena who toured the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) today were welcomed by a group of Sri Lanka students in the Philippines.
The deputy director general of the IRRI and the additional secretary to the Ministry of foreign affairs signed the agreement for the comprehensive work plan between the two parties. The 5-year Work Plan will compliment and help implement the new Sri Lanka National Plan for the Rice Sector.
The president also inspected seed varieties endemic to Sri Lanka and observed the sowing of these seeds through the use of drones.
The IRRI named a section of the research facility after President Maithripala Sirisena in appreciation of his dedication to agriculture.
Meanwhile, the president met a group of Sri Lankans residing in the Philippines yesterday (January 17). Speaking to the people he said certain facts were presented on issues faced when obtaining visas for those living in Sri Lanka and the Philippines. He took the opportunity to state that he will use this new degree of friendship between the Sri Lankan government and the Philippines to solve these issues.
The head of state noted that no matter where Sri Lankans are residing in the world the government is happy for them and will listen to the issues that they face and work hard to provide solutions.
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