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Sri Lankan Army plans to cultivate barren land in order to increase food production

By wasmulhaq 
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Colombo: The Sri Lanka Army is gearing up to participate in an agricultural operation aimed at cultivating over 1,500 acres of barren and abandoned state land in order to increase food production and avoid future shortages, as per the media report.

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On Thursday, the army established the Green Agriculture Steering Committee (GASC) to augment and promote Sri Lanka’s food security programme, which is experiencing its greatest economic crisis since its independence from the British in 1948.

The economic crisis has led to an acute shortage of essential items like food, medicine, cooking gas, fuel, and toilet paper, with commoners being forced to wait in lines for hours outside stores to buy fuel and cooking gas.

The troops will first prepare the ground by weeding, tilling, and preparing beds for the cultivation of selected seed varieties in consultation with agricultural experts, as per the report.

All Security Force Headquarters and formations all over the country are currently screening possibilities for adding their weight to the task at local level.

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The work of state land identification at regional level is expected to take place after consultation with respective governors, district and divisional secretariats, land officials, and grama seva officials before the start of the preparation of ground work in the selected lands, the report said.

Prime Minister Wickremesinghe said recently in Parliament that Sri Lanka will need $5 billion to ensure that people’s daily lives are not disrupted for the next six months.

Sri Lanka’s total foreign debt stands at $51 billion.

Agricultural operation by the Sri Lankan army is a positive step to conquer the current economic crisis in the country. But it would take a long to bring the economy of the country on the track.


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