Agriculture Minister to revive Hadabima Authority to develop rural agriculture
Sun, Dec 5, 2021, 10:03 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.
Dec 05, Colombo: Mahindananda Aluthgamage, Minister of Agriculture stated that the Sri Lanka Hadabima Authority, a state institution which is about 30 years old, should be used more efficiently for the expansion of rural agricultural activities.
The Minister also pointed out that this authority has been maintained for the past several years paying salaries to the officers who did not have any official duties.
It was revealed at a discussion held with the Hadabima Authority on Friday that there are about 130 officers who have completed their postgraduate degree and diploma in agriculture and most of them have more than 20 years of experience in the field.
The Minister pointed out that in this era where the government has decided to break free from the dependency economy and strengthen the manufacturing economy, it is a great loss to the country to have such educated and experienced officials idling in institutions.
Accordingly, steps have been taken to provide financial assistance for the implementation of production projects in the field of agriculture and various self-employment projects in the agricultural sector to strengthen the economy of the rural people.
The discussions also focused on obtaining the services of the officers working in the Hadabima Authority more effectively and also involving talented officers in other projects.
The Minister immediately informed the relevant officials by telephone to take steps to actively involve the Hadabima Authority in agricultural activities and it was decided to hold a special discussion in this regard next Thursday with the participation of all the relevant officials.
Meanwhile, the Minister briefed the officials of the Hadabima Authority on preparing a project related to soil conservation and obtaining funds for it.
The Minister also requested the Hadabima officials to launch a large scale seed production project as lands and all necessary assistance would be provided under the program to produce the required seeds locally.
The discussion was attended by senior officials including the Chairman and Deputy Chairman of the Hadabima Authority.