Under Deyata Kirula program:
New lease of life for Konakubukweva peasants
A series of integrated development programs have been launched by the
Hector Kobbekaduwa Agriculture Research and Training Institute (HARTI)
in the Konakubukweva Grama Niladari division, one of the remotest in the
Anuradhapura district under the “Dayata Kirula 2012” - National
Kitchenware was presented to a member
of the Village Development Society
Over forty year research experience was largely instrumental in
upgrading the living conditions of the Konakubukweva peasants during the
last few months, HARTI Director Lalith Kantha Shantha Jayasekera said.
He said the Agriculture Ministry has decided to launch similar
programs in seven districts in the near future as the Konakubukweva
project was a total success.
Agriculture Development Minister Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena, Women’s
Affairs and Child Development Minister and Anuradhapura district MP
Tissa Karalliyadde, North Central Provincial Council Agriculture
Minister, H.K. Nandasena with heads of the various ministries and
departments toured the Konakubukweva village last Sunday.
They participated in several events, recommissioning the
reconstructed tanks, vegetable and handicraft sales centres and small
pocket meetings - where self-employment instrument kits were gifted to
Addressing the villagers after distributing agriculture equipment and
self-employment instrument kits to Konakubukweva farmer organisation,
the Agriculture Minister said that it is the aim of the government to
uplift the living standards of the rural folk.
Water was released from the
reconstructed tank to paddy fields by Agriculture Minister
Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena
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He said that the follow-up action on sustainable development projects
launched to mark the ‘Dayata Kirula 2012’ Development project will
continue in the next three years.
The Women’s Affairs and Child Development Minister Tissa Karalliyadde
said that a number of multi million Infrastructure Development Projects,
Irrigation, Agriculture and Social Development projects were launched to
mark the ‘Dayata Kirula 2012’. The funds were released to all MPs of the
district to launch development projects in their electorates.
The people get more job opportunities and an additional income as
well, the Minister stated.
The head of the Research Division and Deputy Director HARTI Dr. L.P.
Rupasena said that the village development system implemented at
Konakubukweva village was another successful experimental exercise.
HARTI is the only public sector research institute in Sri Lanka.
During the last 40 years, HARTI disseminated its research findings and
knowledge to the country, especially to farmer community, he said.
Dr. Rupasena said that the Integrated village development system
which was introduced to Konakubukweva village, aims at developing all
segments, of the village agriculture sector such as cultivation, seeds,
extension loans and marketing.
He said a village cannot be developed only on agriculture. There
should be a integrated development approach where all the key areas of
the village economy would be directly addressed. That is why the tanks
and the roads were reconstructed and self-employment projects were
launched under the Konakubukweva project. The final result will be
sustainable development in a village, he said.Konakubukweva Grama
Niladhari Sisira Kumara Karunadasa said that the results of the village
development programme implemented by HARTI was commendable.
Rehabilitation of eleven tanks home garden cultivation programme in
which 215 houses were engaged and the vocational training programs were
carried out under the guidance of the HARTI officials, he said.
Pix: Sudam Gunasinghe and Hidogama Chitraratna Kaluarachchi