President instructs agri officials to direct farmers to cultivate market demand

Aug 05, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has instructed the agriculture officials to direct the country’s farmers to cultivate the crops with high market demand.

The President has observed that the farmers face difficulties selling their harvest, especially paddy since the varieties they produce are not compatible with the market demands. He instructed the officials to introduce paddy varieties that meet the needs of the consumers to the farmers.

The president made these remarks Thursday when he reviewed the progress in the ministries of Agriculture, Livestock Development, Environment and Wildlife, Water Management and Economic Development at the Temple Trees.

President Rajapaksa also has said the officials of government institutions should practice simple methods to solve problems pertaining to general public. Otherwise the development goals cannot be achieved easily, President has pointed out.

In response to the problems relating to the officers in environmental and irrigation ministries the President has pointed out that immediate measures should be taken to stop illegal constructions in the catchments areas.

Officials of the Ministries with Ministers, Basil Rajapaksa, Nimal Siripala de Silva, Arumugam Thondaman, S.M. Chandrasena, Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena and Anura Priyadarshana Yapa, Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga and the Finance Ministry Secretary, Dr. P.B. Jayasundara participated in the progress review meeting.

(Photo by Sudath Silva)

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