ECONOMYNEXT – Around 54,000 farmers in rural Sri Lanka will get subsidized seeds under a program backed by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) to boost food production.
A 22 million rupee grant has been made available to provide subsidized seeds helping a government drive to boost home gardens.
“KOICA has been assisting the Government of Sri Lanka for many years with resilience building activities,” Kang Youn Hwa, KOICA Sri Lanka Office Country Director.
“This latest contribution forms a part of our on-going support to help mitigatethe impact of the pandemic.
“The grant is provided with the aim of assisting communities in rural areas to establish home gardens,as a sustainable method towards a more stabilized food supply. KOICA stands in solidarity with the Government of Sri Lanka during this difficult time.”
The program is targeted at rural farming families in Moneragala, Batticaloa, Mullaitivu, Mannar, and Matale districts.
A 400 rupee seed packet will be provided at 20 rupees with the grant.
“Home gardening is an excellent means of sourcing diverse, safe and nutritious food,” said Brenda Barton, WFP Country Director in Sri Lanka.
“The home-gardening programme initiated by the Government at the onset of the pandemic was timely, providing people with the tools needed to grow crops for home consumption.
“The support from KOICA to reach more vulnerable people will enhance this programme and help build resilience among rural communities.” (Colombo/Dec16/2020)