* Sri Lanka launches "Divi Neguma" domestic agriculture program today

Mar 12, Colombo: Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa today launched the “Divi Neguma” programme that is to establish one million domestic economic units that promote domestic agriculture projects to make the households self-sufficient.

President Rajapaksa initiated the program at an auspicious time from Matara Army Camp and the Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa launched the program from Gampaha.

The programme under the theme “A Self Reliant Household -A wonderful Motherland” is aimed at enhancing agriculture and development of the economy by uplifting the individual households to be self-sufficient.

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Under the programme, an environment will be created for the families to fulfill their food requirements and to earn a stable monthly economy from domestic projects. The programme will be implemented.

The program is to be implemented on three fronts – regional, district, and national levels – by the Ministry of Economic Development coordinating with several other ministries that are involved in development and production activities in the country.

According to the government, the program will initially assist 100 households from each of the 14,000 Grama Niladhari divisions in the country on a daily basis to commence the cultivation of food items.

Under the first phase of the project the government will provide technical and physical assistance to initiate agriculture projects.

Four government officials working at grass-root level, the Grama Niladhari, the Samurdhi Officer, the Agrarian Services Officer and the Health Services Officer, will be entrusted with the prime task of enrolling 100 families from each Grama Niladhari Division for implementing different projects under this programme, with priority given to cultivation of vegetables, the government said.

The families will also be selected to implement projects in the fields of fishery, bee keeping, horticulture, and cottage industry.

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