Canada funds projects worth $ 6 mn in NPC

Post-war recovery process

Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) says Canada has provided 6 mn Canadian dollars to implement strengthen agriculture and livestock sectors in the Northern Province.

The FAO has issued the following statement: "Under the Canada-funded Agro-Economic Development Project (ADP), Canada together with UNDP and FAO is working to strengthen agro-economic cooperatives in Jaffna, Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu districts as the region continues a gradual transition from recovery to development phase.

The programme has been providing support to the Northern Provincial Council to encourage the shift from subsistence agriculture to commercially oriented agriculture, cultivating high-value crops for internal and external markets and establishing an agro-industry base.

The ADP mainly contributes to realising more efficient water use through improved water conveyance and irrigation techniques, to improved dairy productivity through better management, and towards building a market-oriented production system through a strengthened agriculture/livestock extension system. 

It also focuses on gender equality as a crosscutting issue with positive results expected in terms of gender equitable participation, decision-making and access to resources.

The programme recently arranged an exposure field visit by NPC extension officers to some model farmers in North Central Province to showcase some best practices and enhance the capacity of the extension officers on agribusiness. The field study provided exposure and necessary hands on experience for the extension officers to become familiar with the lessons learnt through the ADP to gain knowledge and understanding of the farming methods used in the Northern Province for cultivating high-value crops.

With a contribution of 6 million Canadian dollars, the Government of Canada is generously funding the UNDP-FAO jointly implemented ADP with a reach of over 11,000 households across the Jaffna, Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu Districts.



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