Thursday, August 27, 2009

FAO boost for Eastern farmers

The Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) will provide significant assistance to enhance food security, nutrition and farming activities in the East.
This follows the FAO approving the 'Enhancing Food Security and Nutrition among the farm families in Eastern Sri Lanka' project funded by a donation of European Commission, for the value of Euro 5,127,252(US $ 7.3 million).

This project will directly assist 20,000 farming families, enabling them to restart the production of rice, other field crops, vegetables, fruits and poultry.

The project's objective is to restore and enhance agricultural production to ensure food security and improve nutrition for the returning or recently resettled farming activities in the Trincomalee and Battticaloa districts.

Activities are also expected to indirectly benefit a further 100,000 rural families by increasing the availability of locally produced food.
The beneficiary families will receive assistance in clearing their former farmland, preparing paddy fields, and rehabilitating irrigation tanks and small scale irrigation channels. They will be provided with improved seed varieties, fertilizers and agricultural tools, to enhance food security and promote income generating opportunities.

FAO has provided technical and financial assistance worth of US $ 25,551,420 to Sri Lanka during the last two years.

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