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School children to be rewarded for growing coconut

Jan 19, 2011 10:03:02 AM - itnnews.lk

The Coconut Cultivation Board is to sign an agreement with the Education Ministry to provide coconut plants to school going children and ultimately provide scholarships to those who successfully grow their plants in their gardens.

Chairman of the Coconut Cultivation Board Sarath Keerthirathna said that under the programme, Grade 6 school children will be given plants to grow in their garden and after passing the Advance Level Examination, if the plant has been nurtured properly, scholarships will then be awarded for their future education. Mr. Keerthiratne pointed out that the project is to be initiated at all schools. A booklet will also be issued to the children guiding them on how best to grow their coconut plants for it to bear fruit.

The purpose of the project is to enthuse children to grow coconut plants in their home gardens to meet the demand in the country.