Required funds for agriculture projects allocated in budget - Amaraweera | Daily News

Required funds for agriculture projects allocated in budget - Amaraweera

Agriculture, Wildlife and Forest Resources Conservation Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said that the funds required for all the proposals planned to be implemented by the Department of Agrarian Development in 2023 has been approved by the Government through the Budget.

The Minister was speaking at an event to distribute bags containing nutritious items to pregnant mothers in the Ranminithenna area.Minister Amaraweera initiated this programme for pregnant mothers in the Hambantota district utilising his MP’s salary together with funds allocated by his friends.

There are currently 6,000 pregnant mothers in the Hambantota district and arrangements have been made to provide each of them with a nutritional bag. Food items worth Rs. 5,000 have been included in each bag.

“This is a difficult time for everyone. Especially if our children do not get proper nutrition, our future generations will suffer from various diseases and we will lose a strong generation. Therefore, I did not start giving these nutritional bags using State funds. I pray that all mothers will be able to give birth to a generation of children who will work for the good of the country,” the Minister said.

The Minister said they hope to amend the Agricultural Development Act as soon as possible. There are about 47,000 acres of uncultivated paddy fields in the country. We will hand over 14,000 acres to the Government this year. We will finish the work in six months. We consider paddy lands that have not been cultivated for five years as fallow.

“The Department of Farmers’ Development has presented a number of successful projects for the year 2023 to improve the living conditions of farmers. President Ranil Wickremesinghe approved the total amount of money requested for all those projects. I have instructed all the people in our ministry to follow the methodology prepared by the Department of Agrarian Development in the preparation of projects,” he said.

“A number of programmes will be implemented for the development of the agriculture sector this year. Arrangements have also been made with Asian Development Bank assistance to credit money to the farmers’ accounts without recharging the cash allocation for the season. As of January 1, Rs.6,000 million has been credited. Under that, Rs. 10,000 will be given for 01 hectare and an amount of Rs. 20,000 for 02 hectares.” The Minister also said that this money will be given to all farmers in the country.

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