* Third phase of Sri Lanka’s domestic agriculture program to cultivate small …

Nov 04, Colombo: The third phase of Sri Lanka’s domestic agriculture program ‘Divi Neguma’ will focus on cultivating export crops in small extents of lands, the Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa said.

Rajapaksa said the third phase of the programme would commence once the second phase launched recently is concluded.

He has noted that the crops would be cultivated in lands that are half an acre to two acres in extent.

Addressing a seminar on small export crop promotion, the Minister has said that the move would help improve the production of export crops.

Rajapaksa has explained that the small export crops would help generate a large scale income and that the country’s economic growth could be increased by 2.5 percent of GDP.

He has added that the standards of the small export crops produced in the country need to be improved to reach the competitive markets.

The ‘Divi Neguma’ programme focuses on agriculture, fishery industry, and animal husbandry throughout the country.

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