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Farmers up in arms over Rs. 38 Mn spent to irrigate 1.5 acre of paddy

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It is reported that under a smart project of the Agriculture Ministry, Rs. 38 million has been spent on restoring a tank, in order to obtain water for paddy cultivation in a one-and-a- half-acre paddy field in the Kurunegala district. The farmers’ organizations of the district have informed Agriculture and Plantation Industries Minister Mahinda Amaraweera about spending Rs. 38 million on restoring a tank just to supply water to a paddy field of small extent when tanks from which water is obtained to cultivate hundreds of acres of paddy fields in the Kurunegala District are in a dilapidated state.

The representatives of the farmers’ organizations have informed the Minister that no inquiries had been made from relevant officials of the Agriculture Ministry, Regional Development Committees or the representatives of farmers’ organizations in the area regarding the restoration of this tank. The powerful political representatives of the area who are paying attention to the problems of the farming community have also pointed out to the Agriculture Minister that it is useless to renovate the tank by spending such a huge amount of money without any awareness at a time when everyone was awaiting provisions for the restoration of tanks in the area which supplies water to a large number of paddy fields.

The Minister who paid attention to this matter told the officials of the project that plans should be made so that the people can benefit from projects implemented with foreign funds and that the tanks should not be renovated without benefit to the farmers and the country. Minister Amaraweera has informed the officials of the project that money received from foreign countries has to be paid back and that public money is being spent and henceforth, development programmes must be carried out after making inquiries and obtaining opinions from the farmers of the area as well as officials and experts related to the field.

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