June 22, Colombo: The British government has provided 100,000 to the Eastern Flood Recovery Programme of the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) as aid for victims of the recent floods in the Eastern Province of Sri Lanka.
Deputy British High Commissioner, Mark Gooding has recently visited the East to observe the Eastern Flood Recovery Programme and reiterated his government’s support towards the flood relief efforts in the area.
A release from the British High Commission in Colombo said through the UK’s support for the programme, up to 30,000 households in the Eastern districts of Ampara, Batticaloa and Trincomalee East received vegetable seed kits this Yala 2011 season to cultivate home gardens.
These farm-based households had lost their entire crop during the previous Maha 2010/11 season due to the heavy rains and flooding that occurred in two phases, between December 2010 and February 2011.
The FAO has worked in partnership with Sri Lanka’s Department of Agriculture and Divisional Secretariats in the targeted districts to select beneficiaries for the vegetable seed kits. A higher priority was given to vulnerable and women headed households in selecting beneficiaries for the programme.
The vegetable seed kits included seeds of bushitao, bitter gourd, amaranthus, tomato, chilli, okra, snake gourd, brinjal and capsicum and contained sufficient seed to cultivate up to one-fourth acre per household.