Lankapage Logo CP 19 YEARS
Go Home Home Serving the Sri Lankan community globally since 2000
go to

Leading News from Sri Lanka::

* Agriculture Minister instructs implementing agricultural policies to raise income of farmers
Sat, May 19, 2018, 09:42 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

May 19, Colombo: Agriculture Minister Mahinda Amaraweera today instructed his officials to implement agricultural policies that would increase the income levels of farmers.

Speaking at a meeting held at the National Agriculture Information and Communication Centre (NAICC) of the Department of Agriculture this afternoon (19), the Minister said due to the drought and other reasons, the income of export crops has decreased to 5% of GDP for several years.

The Minister further said that due to the drought prevailed in the growing seas for the last several years, the crop production in Sri Lanka was reduced by about 30 percent. In addition the government has spent Rs. 38 billion as drought relief to farmers.

Therefore, the Minister stressed that in order to save the farmers from the economic abyss they should be directed to grow crops targeted for exports.

He also pointed out that it is vital that new technology be used in agriculture and that a program should be put in place to attract the youth to be channeled into agriculture.

Minister Amaraweera also said that measures will be taken to educate the farmers on cultivating crops targeting the export market.


ColomboPage - Recent 10 Stories ::
Railway trade unions threaten to strike again, scheduled to meet the President today
-- [16 minutes ago]
Sri Lanka to sign agreement with Oman on avoidance of double taxation to enhance economic relations
-- [43 minutes ago]
Profiles of Sri Lankan banks stable despite operating environment headwinds - Fitch Ratings
-- [1 hour and 14 minutes ago]
HNB Group records PBT of Rs. 14.1 billion in 1H 2018
-- [1 hour and 51 minutes ago]
Record income from Cinnamon exports last year
Sri Lankan Premier promotes peace and reconciliation at annual feast of Madhu Church
Navy officer arrested for abduction of 11 youths given Rs. 500,000 from a Navy account
Sri Lanka to purchase refined petroleum products
Hatton-Colombo main road completely blocked due to earth slide
Sri Lanka's Commercial Bank continues growth in Q2 to post strong 6-month result

Copyright © 2000, 2016 by (LLC) :
The news and other contents on ColomboPage are copyrighted property of, LLC. Any unauthorized use of any information on ColomboPage may constitute a violation of copyright laws. You need written permission to reproduce, republish, post, transmit, broadcast or distribute, material from this site from, LLC. However, news organizations or broadcasters in Sri Lanka may republish the news items in ColomboPage with proper acknowledgment to ColomboPage.