Director General of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) said that they were ready to provide required technical assistance in utilizing satellite technology to reduce the impact of climate change on Sri Lanka’s rice production.
Director General Dr. Matthew Morell made these remarks when he met with President Maithripala Sirisena at the President’s Official Residence in Colombo, yesterday (19th June).
During this meeting, he emphasized the importance of being self-sufficient to meet the demand for rice consumption nationally with the climatic changes faced by the countries in the region.
The Director General said that his institution is keen to work with the Department of Agriculture to increase the quality of rice production in Sri Lanka and to provide technical assistance to reduce post-harvest losses. He also said that it was expected to introduce new techniques to promote the value addition of rice.
Expressing his views President Sirisena said that the country’s rice production has been affected due to climatic changes that were experienced in the recent past.
The President said that the objective of the Government is to transform Sri Lanka into a self-sufficient nation while facing such challenges and further said that it is expected to exchange the new technical knowledge and experiences with the other countries in the region.
The President extended his gratitude to the Director General of the International Rice Research Institute for visiting Sri Lanka and said that he wishes to visit the IRRI in Philippines in the near future.