Israeli, Japanese help for agriculture

By Pabodha Hettige

Israel had pledged support to enhance agricultural development in Sri Lanka, the Agriculture Ministry announced.

It said, at a recent meeting with an Israeli delegation, an agreement had been reached to obtain support to introduce a micro agricultural water management system, cultivating crops in safe houses and methods to obtain an optimum crop during the droughts by resorting to different water management systems. The ministry said that those methods were often used in Israeli agricultural development.

According to the ministry sources Japan International Cooperation Agency had also pledged support to enhance similar areas in agricultural development to maximize crops output. The Ministry also said that currently they had cultivated green gram in 3,600 hectares in the Hambantota district. The crop could be harvested in two months.

"By 2013 the domestic consumption of Green Gram is expected to be about 25,000 tonnes and nearly 40 per cent of that could be met by the crop cultivated in Hambantota district," sources said.

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