Mar 13, Colombo: The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has invested US$ five million to develop Sri Lanka's plantation industry in the past six months, Minister of Plantation Industries Navin Dissanayake said.
Through the IFAD Mission, a number of programs have already been implemented to uplift Sri Lanka's agricultural crops sector including tea, coconut, rubber and other main agricultural crops.
Plantation Industries Minister Navin Dissanayake Wednesday (13) held a discussion with the Vice President of the IFAD Donald Brown, Director of Asia & Pacific Region Nigel Brett and Dr. Tarek Kotb, the IFAD Country Programme Manager of Asia & Pacific region at the Samudra Hotel in Colombo.
The discussion focused on the progress and successes of the development programs already implemented in the agricultural crops sector and on identifying what other programs could be implemented to further develop the sector.
The Secretary to the Plantation Industries JA Ranjith and the Director of the Smallholder Tea and Rubber Revitalization (STaRR) Project Janaka Amarasinghe also participated in the discussions.
The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is an international financial institution and a specialized United Nations agency dedicated to eradicating rural poverty and hunger.