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2012.01.26

Eastern province: Field visit with the officials from the Japanese Embassy

 Early this month, the officials from the Japanese Embassy visited Batticaloa district in the Eastern region to inspect the sites of the previous projects (completed at the end of 2011) and also to study the new project sites.

 In Sinnawattai, the officials interviewed the villagers about their lives since their repatriation and about agriculture, their major source of income.

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 The farmers here cannot expect much agricultural revenue during the dry season, between April and December, as they rely on rainfall for agriculture. They cannot even draw water from the river nearby, because the water gates are closed during this period to secure the water supply for the urban areas.

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It was a perfect opportunity to explain the need for agricultural wells.

 At Rajapuram village, the officials asked the villagers how the completed wells were being used and how the wells changed the lives of the villagers, and also inspected the wells and the agricultural fields.

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We learned that the villagers had started to grow new crops, different from what they had been growing so far.
They are putting into practice what they had learned in the workshop “Coordinating agricultural planning in the community to achieve effective production and marketing”.

   
 The new crop is being cultivated only in a limited area and quantity to start with in order to check various issues, such as the adaptability to the soil and climate of the region or whether the insects which feed on the new crop will influence other crops grown in the vicinity.


If major problems are not found, the cultivation will be increased in the next season.

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(In the photograph, the farmers are standing behind the Kurakkan beds. Kurakkan was described in the last activity report.)

January 26, 2012 in Sri Lanka |