The Agriculture Ministry has launched several programs in line with the National Farmers' Week 2014 scheduled to be held in the Telijjawila Agriculture Training Centre, Matara from today (09) to Sept. 14, Agriculture Ministry said.
The Ministry has also started a program to promote chemical free food and organic agriculture products among farmers and consumers in the Matara district. In this context, 1,400 seminars and workshops would be held to educate 125,000 farmers on environment friendly agricultural practices that pave the way for chemical-free food production together with number of other benefits for the farming community during the Farmers' Week.
The Ministry has taken measures to introduce suitable crops to cultivate in all abandoned lands. Home garden competitions will be conducted at all 16 Divisional Decretariats in the Matara district. The programs will be continued until the end of this year.
The Ministry also hopes to expand big onion cultivation in Hambantota and Monaragala districts. It is also expected to develop 500 commercial farms in the Matara district. The government allocated Rs. 60 million for this,
The government has allocated Rs.60 million for the program to be initiated by the Ministry to train young agriculture entrepreneurs in the Matara District.