Dec 13, Colombo: Addressing a ceremony held at the Temple Trees on Tuesday to recognize the contribution from Mahaweli farmers to country’s prosperity and economy, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa said today the local farmer community in Sri Lanka could successfully face the challenges of a severe global food crisis.
Highlighting that his government has given priority to uplift farmers and agricultural sector, the President said the local farmers contribute to fulfill food necessities of Sri Lankan people even amidst various hardships.
He pointed out that the government spends more than 50 billion rupees per year on fertilizer subsidy as the government considers it as an investment.
The President presented a souvenir to Sri Lanka’s aborigine Vedda community farmer Uruwarige Gunabandaiyya Aththo and awarded several Mahaweli farmers.
Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources Management, Nimal Siripala de Silva, Deputy Minister, W.B. Ekanayake, and the Director General of Sri Lanka Mahaweli Authority, Gamini Rajakaruna participated in the occasion.
(Photos by Sudath Silva)