Oct 05, Colombo: The National Food Production Battle implemented under the guidance of President Maithripala Sirisena, will commence Friday (06), aiming to take forward the national food production program, challenged by the climate changes, with a new strength to sustainably revive the agricultural sector of the country.
The program will be inaugurated during the 'National Wap Magul Ceremony' that will be held under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena at 8.30 a.m. Friday near the Thibbotuwawa Tank, Kekirawa.
Many programs are expected to be launched across the country while declaring October 06 to October 12 as the National Food Production week.
October 6th, the first day of Food Production Week campaign has been designated as the Farmers' Day, and many programs, including distribution of seed paddy to farmers, rehabilitation of 2,000 acres of coconut lands, launching of Mahaweli Agri Project plan for 2017/18, implementation of special programs for the development of home gardening, presentation of 2,500 title deeds to the Mahaweli farming community, tree planting programs, conducting seminars and training programs regarding new agri technology, distribution of equipment to promote the production of organic fertilizer, will be implemented.
October 07th will be Students' Day and the inauguration ceremony of this will be held at the Siyane National School, Gampaha under the patronage of Minister of Education. The Ministry of Education said several programs will be implemented under three categories: National food production, toxins free food production, and prevention of food wastage, covering all the 10,353 schools of the country.
October 08th is the Livestock Day. The inauguration of this day will be held at the Genetic Resources Centre in Peradeniya. Many extensive national programs including dairy industry development projects will be implemented for the development of the livestock Field.
October 9th, of Food Production Week campaign has been designated as the Entrepreneurs' Day, and the inauguration ceremony of this Day will be held at the premises of the Talawila Church in the North Western Province and the Andaulpatha Village in Mahiyangana in Uva Province. A number of programs will be implemented across the country to encourage the primary industrialists and entrepreneurs.
October 10th is the Fisheries Day, and the Ministry of Fisheries stated that a special program will be implemented to release one million fish fingerlings for breeding purposes.
The inauguration of this Day will be marked by opening of the Fish Breeding Center in Kallarawa, built at a cost of 200 million rupees. Implementation of programs, especially to increase the fish consumption among the people in Hill Country and the Estate sector, programs for the development of livelihood as well as for the employment opportunities creations, will be accelerated.
October 11 is the Public Servants Day, and the inauguration ceremony in this regard will be held at the Auditorium of Sabaragamuwa Provincial Council and Ratnapura District Secretariat.
October 12 has been named as Diyawara Day, and the main ceremonies in this regard will be held near the Muruthawela Tank and near Urusita Wewa in Embilipitiya.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Mahaweli Development has organized many programs to get the active participation of the Mahaweli community for this program.
In the Mahaweli zone, there are an estimated 150,000 of irrigation lands and all those lands are expected to be used for this program in a proper manner, President's Media Division said.