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Agriculture Ministry hands over land to Army for cultivation

The Agriculture Ministry has taken a decision to hand over 1,215 hectares of Kandakadu farm to the Sri Lanka Army and 500 acres to the Department of Rehabilitation for maize cultivation.

The Agriculture Ministry has decided to use the Polonnaruwa Kandakadu farm belonging to the National Livestock Development Board for cultivation in the forthcoming Maha season.

Accordingly, the Cabinet approved the Cabinet Memorandum to submit 1,215 hectares of Kandakadu Farm to the Sri Lanka Army and another 500 acres to the Department of Rehabilitation, Agriculture, Wildlife and Forest Conservation Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said.

A discussion in this regard was held at the Agriculture Ministry yesterday with the participation of all parties. Speaking at the event, the Minister said that steps will be taken to cultivate all 11,000 acres of land on the Kandakadu farm based on the Government’s decision to cultivate every land to alleviate the economic crisis and food shortages facing Sri Lanka in the future.

The lands allotted to the Army and the Department of Rehabilitation are aimed at cultivating grass required for maize and dairy farming.

The Minister said that measures will be taken to provide 250 acres of land under the Forest Conservation Zones in the Lahugala area to the National Civil Defence Force for paddy cultivation.

Speaking to the media, the Minister said that the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation will take steps to provide stocks of fuel required for the Yala harvest and that 247 petrol stations islandwide will be used for harvesting machinery during the Yala season. Arrangements have been made to provide fuel, he said.


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