Apr 23, Colombo: Indian government has completed supplying 500 tractors to Sri Lanka under a programme to uplift the livelihoods of the resettled Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the Northern Province and to boost the local economy.
The programme aims to support the rehabilitation of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the Northern Province, particularly in the area of agriculture which is their primary means of livelihood, and to jumpstart revival of the local economy, the Indian High Commission said in a statement.
The programme was launched on November 1, 2010 with the ceremonial handover of 52 of the 500 four-wheel tractors to the Minister of Economic Development, Basil Rajapaksa by the High Commissioner of India, Ashok K. Kantha.
Subsequently, at the request of the Government of Sri Lanka, the remaining tractors and implements were delivered in lots to various locations in Northern Province in Nov-Dec 2010.
The Government of India has also supplied seeds to farmers for the Maha and Yala seasons in 2010-11 along with the 500 tractors and their implements.
All the tractors are completely equipped with all the farm implements, namely, 9 Tine Tiller, Rotovator, two-furrow Disc Plough, and cage wheel. The total cost of the project is 600 million Sri Lankan rupees.
The government has confirmed that all 500 tractors together with the four implements have been successfully distributed to Agrarian Service Centres (ASC) in the Northern Province.
The Jaffna district has received 109 tractors, with Mullaitivu district receiving 112, Kilinochchi district 110, Mannar district 100, and Vavuniya district 69.