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    Sri Lanka to Achieve Self-Sufficiency in Supplementary Food Crops

    March 24, 2014

    The Sri Lankan Government  has decided to utilize 35% of paddy land during the 2014 Yala Season for the cultivation of supplementary food crops such as big onions, red onions, potatoes, chilies, maize, green gram, soya bean, cowpea etc. The main objective is to achieve self- sufficiency in supplementary food crops and save foreign exchange spent on imports

    The Cabinet has granted approval for the proposal submitted by the Minister of Agriculture Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena to provide infrastructure facilities such as fertilizer subsidy, loans at concessional interest rates and introduction of high yielding varieties etc.with the objective of encouraging the farmers to cultivate these supplementary food crops.

     

    It has been observed that Sri Lanka has achieved self-sufficiency in rice under the local food production drive 'Api Wawamu - Rata Nagamu' and also it has strengthened the economic status of the people.  The annual paddy production is expected to exceed. 04 million metric tons which is higher than the country’s annual rice requirement price of essential goods

     

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