Government launches project to turn Anuradhapura into TJC mango export zone | Daily News

Government launches project to turn Anuradhapura into TJC mango export zone

The government has launched a programme to turn the Anuradhapura District into a TJC mango export zone. The project is being carried out under the supervision of the Export Agriculture Ministry.

Anuradhapura District Planning Director Sugath Nayananda, who is coordinating the project, told the Daily News recently that within the past six months, 157,250 TJC mango saplings have been distributed in 14 Divisional Secretariat Divisions of the Anuradhapura District. He said that the District Agriculture Director’s Office has been entrusted with the implementation of the project.

It is also planned to train 10,000 farmers to take up mango farming with modern equipment, and farmers with a minimum land area of 0.75 acres would be eligible for the project. They would be provided with 25 free mango saplings each. TJC mango plants, which usually bear fruits within eight months of being planted, have grown in popularity among foreign consumers, Nayananda added.

“We are deploying development officers to support these farmers. Moreover, under the second phase of the project, it is intended to begin the production of mango juice, jam, and other products for exportation. TJC mango cultivations are making progress especially in the Embilipitiya, Kurunegala, Ampara, Polonnaruwa, and Kataragama areas.