Agri exhibition in Vavuniya in honour of Northern farmers

By Franklin R.Satyapalan

The decision of the government to hold the fifth Govi Sathiya Exhibition in Vavuniya from August 1 to 5 would be a boon to the Northern farmers, who would be taught many new methods of cultivation especially using solar powered drip irrigation methods to eliminate waste of valuable water resources, Secretary to the Ministry of Agriculture K. E. Karunathilake said yesterday.

Karunatiklake said "each and every farmer must visit the exhibition without fail at least once as it is being held in appreciation to the Northern farmers who have contributed greatly to the national GDP".

The exhibition will commence at 10.00 a.m. and conclude at 6.00 p.m. daily with a senior member of the government inaugurating it daily .

"The government hopes to introduce modern technology to the northern farmers to increase their production and eliminate waste during the post harvest period".

The land belonging to the Seed production farm and School of Agriculture in Vavuniya is being utilized as for the venue of the exhibition.

He said that Minister of Agriculture Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena had coordinated with the Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources Management Nimal Siripala de Silva and the Minister of Agrarian Services and Wild Life to S. M. Chandrasena to make the exhibition, being held after a lapse of three decades in the North, a success.

He said of the 99 private sector companies that had been invited to participate in the exhibition and set up stalls and 90 firms have written to confirm their participation.

The four earlier Govi Sathiya Exhibitions were held in Peradeniya, Maha Illupallama, Polonnaruwa and lastly Battaththa in Hambantota.

Due to the war threats the northern farmers had been deprived of the modern technology which had already been introduced to farmers in other parts of the country over the past three decades.

The exhibition will give them an opportunity to try out new techniques and also a chance to purchase them in installments.

They would be introduced to new methods of seed production and organic farming to increase their income and production, he said.

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