Mar 24, Colombo: Sri Lanka's peacetime Army has entered into a collaboration with the private sector to grow commercial crops.
The Army said in order to further develop the lands that belong to Army, it entered into an agreement with the Browns Global Farm (Pvt) Ltd for lease of 400 hectare for exclusive environment-friendly cultivation purposes in Kandakadu, off Welikanda in the dry zone.
Accordingly, Browns Global Farm (Pvt) Ltd will cultivate Teak and Sandalwood for timber purposes and fruits such as Banana, Pineapple, Mango, Pomegranates, Papaya and other crops for commercial purposes in the Army-leased land, using environmentally-friendly techniques with less application and spraying of pesticides.
Army Commander Lieutenant General Daya Ratnayake, and Chairman, Browns Company Ltd I. C. Nanayakkara signed the cultivation Agreement on Friday (21) at Army Headquarters.
The project expects to generate a sound export income following sustainable modern agricultural know-how and practices while helping the rural livelihood.
More than 175 unemployed youth in the area are to be recruited as management staff, agriculture related employees and laborers.
The peace-time Sri Lankan Army aims to broaden its horizons by foraying into large scale agro-industry, farming and dairy products.