Army helps Kosgama farmers with machinery for paddy cultivation



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On a request made by farmers to the Agrarian Services Department for assistance to dig up the nearby paddy-fields in Kosgama blast-affected areas, the Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Crishanthe De Silva instructed Major General Sudantha Ranasinghe, Commander, Security Forces – West (SF-West) and Colonel Buwaneka Gunarathne, Director Agriculture to make army heavy machinery and tractors available for ploughing the paddy-fields that could have been affected due to shrapnel of the Salawa ammunition dump explosion.


Security Force Headquarters – West (SFHQ-West) last week launched a program to plough 245 acres of paddy lands in the area in response to the request under the supervision of the Maj. Gen. Sudantha Ranasinghe, Commander, SF-West.


It is to be done under three phases enabling the farmers to sow paddy in the ‘Maha’ season. Troops would continue this cultivation operation in the peripheral areas, enabling the villagers to re-start their cultivations and normal life.


About 50 troops with more than 10 tractors and machinery began the program.


Representing the Commander of the Army, who initiated the project, Maj. Gen. Ranasinghe attended the main inaugural ceremony in the presence of Bandara Mapa, Divisional Secretary for Seethawaka, Commander, 142 Brigade, Brigadier Hemantha Bandara, Director Agriculture, Colonel Buwaneka Gunarathne and several state officials, military officers.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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