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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 108

Over 74 percent of Jaffna Paddy Fields Cultivated

Anjana Jayashan reporting from Colombo

Colombo, 17 August, ( With the release of the Jaffna peninsula from the LTTE clutches, over 74 percent of paddy fields have been cultivated in this season, the Northern Province Governor’s Secretariat announces.

The Governor’s Secretariat reveals that there are 13101hectares of paddy-fields in Jaffna peninsula and 9611hectares have already been cultivated. The officials further said that the farmers had been provide the security, freedom as well as the necessary infrastructure facilities on agriculture under the Uthuru Wasanthaya (Northern Spring) program and the 180 day special development program for the Northern Province.

Senior Advisor to the President and Chairman of the Presidential Task Force for the Development of the North, Basil Rajapaksa MP supervises the projects’ proceedings and Social Services Minister Douglas Devananda, Northern Province Governor Major General G.A.Chandrasiri, Government Agent for Jaffna and several other officials visited the agricultural sector developments in the area recently.

Meanwhile, the Central Bank of Sri Lanka has introduced a special loan scheme under the title ‘The Awakening North’ to provide credit facilities for capital investment for the resumption of economic activities in agriculture, livestock, fisheries, micro and small enterprises.

Rs.3,000 million is earmarked to be disbursed initially under the scheme at a concessionary rate of interest by the CBSL. The province comprising the districts of Jaffna, Killinochchi, Mannar, Vavuniya and Mullaithivu, covers a land area of 8,290 sq. km, represents 13.5 percent of the total land area of the country.

The estimated population of the province is around 1.3 million or approximately six percent of the total population of the country.

- Asian Tribune -

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