SADP project to empower rural folk
Minister of Agriculture Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena, visited people in
Weligama and Jayawickramapura in the Southern Province under the
Sustainable Agricultural Development Project (SADP) recently.
From left: Minister of Agriculture, Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena and
CTC Corporate and Regulatory Affairs Director, Dinesh Dharmadasa
visit SADP homes in Jayawickramapura.
SADP, a program under 'Outreach Projects (Guarantee) Limited', the
CSR arm of Ceylon Tobacco Company PLC, is designed to empower rural
villagers living below the poverty line. Working on the philosophy of
'helping those who are willing to help themselves', some of the salient
features of SADP are voluntary registration, no cash handouts and the
increment of input based on the commitment of the beneficiaries to rise
SADP, launched in 2005 operates in 12 districts.
Minister Abeywardena said, "Sustainable Agriculture programs such as
SADP strengthens nation-building and rural economic development. Seeing
the vast improvements in the lives of SADP beneficiaries is truly
During stage one of SADP, families are registered and taught to
develop their own parameter fencing, compost pits, educated about
vegetable and fruit cultivation and handed plants and seeds to begin
their own home gardens. In stage two, families are introduced to poultry
farming. During stage three, families are introduced to goat raring, for
milk and other dairy based products and mushroom cultivation.
Once families successfully complete these stages and reach
self-sustenance, they graduate from the program. Post-graduation SADP
officers visit families to ensure continuity of their agriculture
learning and practices. No cash hand-outs are given to the families at
This project is independently appraised on a regular basis by
Chartered Accountants Ernst and Young.
SADP over the years has evolved to meet specific demographic
requirements, resulting in hybrids of the original program.