Colombo: An agricultural campaign aimed at cultivating more than 1,500 acres of barren or abandoned government land to increase food production and address future food shortages (Agricultural Campaign) will participate. This information has been given in a media report.
In Sri Lanka, which is facing the worst economic crisis since independence in 1948 from British rule, the army on Thursday set up a Green Agriculture Steering Committee (GASC) to support and promote the food security program.
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Due to the economic crisis, there has been a severe shortage of essential commodities like food items, medicine, cooking gas, fuel and toilet paper in Sri Lanka. People have to stand in queues outside shops for hours to buy petrol, diesel and LPG.
The emergency project, to be launched in July as a support mechanism for the government’s agriculture campaign, will be headed by Army Commander Lt Gen Vikum Lianage, according to a report published in ‘Newsfirst.lk’ on Thursday. Army Chief Major General Jagat Kodithuvakku will be responsible for monitoring the entire project.
According to the report, the army will first do the work of weeding, plowing and preparing ridges in the land for cultivation of selected seeds in consultation with agricultural experts.
It has been said in the report that before starting the work of making the selected land cultivable, government land will be identified at the regional level in collaboration with the respective governors, district and divisional secretariats, land officers and village service members.
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Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said on Thursday that Sri Lanka has decided to import 50,000 metric tonnes of rice under a loan from India to prevent an unusual rise in rice prices.
According to the news portal ‘Econominext’, this decision has been taken after discussions in the Prime Minister’s Office to allocate funds to the State Business Corporation under India’s debt assistance program.
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