USAID to provide advanced agricultural technology for farmers
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) says that in order to uplift the agricultural sector in Sri Lanka, new agricultural technology should be used instead of the traditional agricultural knowledge currently being used.
This was the outcome of a discussion held when a group of USAID representatives called on Agriculture Minister Mahinda Amaraweera and Agriculture Ministry officials held on Wednesday.
Minister Mahinda Amaraweera explained the facts about the agricultural sector in Sri Lanka and said that priority is being given to paddy cultivation and other crops in the country, but it is still difficult to reach the level of self-sufficiency in each sector.
The Minister said that especially in the rest of the world, agriculture has exceeded the subsistence level and expanded to the international market, but even some types of crops that can be easily grown in our country still have to be imported from abroad. Therefore, Minister Amaraweera made a request to support the farmers in our country to introduce new agricultural technology.
In response, representatives of the USAID stated that their agency has decided to introduce the world’s most advanced agricultural technology to Sri Lanka and that they appreciate the recent measures taken to modernize the agricultural sector in Sri Lanka.
They also said that the measures taken for the export of sour bananas and the techniques introduced in achieving more yield from less land are highly appreciated and a separate work arrangement should be implemented in relation to the agricultural products of this country that can be exported to different countries of the world.
Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture Gunadasa Samarasinghe, Additional Secretary of the Ministry Malathi Parasuraman, Commissioner General of Agrarian Development H. M. A.L. Abeyratne, Director of National Fertilizer Secretariat, Chandana Lokuheva participated.
Anjali Kaur, Deputy Assistant Administrator for Sri Lanka, Gabriel Grea, Director of the Embassy, Micha Globorson, Deputy Director of Economic Development and Ivan Rasiah, Project Management Specialist representing the United States Agency for International Development also attended.