National food production battle to commence next month - President

President Maithripala Sirisena says the battle of national food production will be carried out by declaring the week from 5th to 11th October, as the National Farmers Week.


The President said that this initiative will be implemented as a comprehensive national program, with the joint participation of all the ministries, including the Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Mahaweli Development and the Ministry of Irrigation.  He said that it is expected to increase the rice production for the local and foreign market, while eliminating the decline in the food production experienced during the recent drought situation that prevailed in the country.


The President made these remarks participating in the foundation stone laying ceremony of the new Agricultural Economic Centre in Kaduruwela, yesterday (7th Sept).


Addressing the gathering the President said that the assistance of all including the private sector and business community is needed to make this national food production program a success.


The Agricultural Economic Centre is being built at a cost of Rs. 50.2 million under the assistance of the Chinese Government. The new centre will comprise of a main commercial complex and an agricultural complex with all the facilities, including stalls, play area for children, cafeterias, banking facilities and sanitary facilities.


President Sirisena unveiled the commemorative plaque of commencement of the construction of the new Agricultural Economic Centre and planted a Sapling at the premises.


Meanwhile, the President handed over three buses to the Polonnaruwa, Dimbulagala and Hingurakgoda Zonal Education Offices for the benefit of the students in the district.


These buses were donated from the Presidential Secretariat fund on the requests made by the school children in the districts, and the President instructed that these buses should be used exclusively to fulfill the needs of the children.


The President also handed over land deeds to six people marking the distribution of title deeds for the people in the Thamankaduwa Divisional Secretariat.