President Maithripala Sirisena chaired a special meeting on the week of National Food Production Battle to be implemented on the 5th of next month at the Presidential Secretariat, yesterday (Sep. 11).
The week of National Food Production Battle will be held from 05th to 11th of next month and this programme will cover the entire country, with the participation of all relevant ministries and departments connected to agriculture, the farming community, youth activists, students, state and private sector entrepreneurs and the local government institutions.
The week of National Food Production Battle has been organized as : October 05 has been declared as the Farmers’ Day, October 06 has been allocated for the students, October 07 as the Livestock Day, October 08 as the entrepreneur’s day.
The President pointed out that the aim of this week is to continue to carry forward the National Food Production programme with a new motivation. Referring to challenges due to climate changes, he emphasized the need to usher an agricultural revolution.
The President also instructed the officials to make that process efficient by taking the assistance of the Presidential Secretariat, affiliated Ministries including the Ministry of Agriculture and the private sector. He also inquired for new suggestions and ideas in this regard.
The President further instructed the officials to pay their attention to provide seed under a special relief scheme for the farmers in the drought-affected areas and to pay attention to use organic fertilizer instead of chemical fertilizer.
The President also advised the official to apprise the public to use their abandoned farmland for cultivation process.
Ministers Duminda Dissanayake, Mahinda Amaraweera, P. Harrison, Wijith Wijayamuni Zoysa, Akila Viraj Kariyawasam, Provincial Ministers and the Secretary to the president Austin Fernando also joined this discussion.