Sri Lankan government to use unutilised state lands to cultivate crops and livestock management
Sri Lanka’s Presidential Task Force on Economic Revival and Poverty Eradication have decided to explore the possibility of using unutilised and underutilised state lands to cultivate crops and livestock management.
The Task Force had held a discussion at Temple Trees recently with the participation of state officials and Task Force members.
Accordingly, agriculture, plantations, livestock and fisheries have been identified as vital areas for economic revival and food security.
Identifying suitable lands and to increase agricultural and livestock production were also discussed at the meeting, the Prime Minister’s Media Division has stated in a statement.
The Head of the Presidential Task Force of Economic Revival and Poverty Eradication, Basil Rajapaksa has said that one million families living below the poverty line would be assisted and the task force expects to increase their monthly income to Rs. 25,000 through utilising unused lands for agriculture and livestock management.
“We have identified Govijana Seva offices, Local Government institutions, co-operative outlets, economic centres, and divisional secretaries as key centres to conduct this programme,” he has said.
The statement issued by the Prime Minister’s Media Division has further stated that the discussion had also focused on identification of crops which can be cultivated on the basis of land and production requirements and promotion of home gardening for domestic consumption and food security.
The Task Force had then discussed how to regularise lands assigned to various institutions and use them for production purposes and develop an effective program for the fisheries industry.
The government of Sri Lanka is looking at further developing and promoting the country’s agriculture sector in order to be more self sufficient as well as an export commodity aimed at revenue generation. Sri Lanka is in the process of cultivating in underutilized state lands and is also assigning such lands for private parties coming forward to cultivate. This has resulted in the expansion of the country’s agriculture sector. Interested foreign businesses/investors could explore business/investment opportunities in Sri Lanka’s agriculture sector.
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