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Disaster has not affected food security

Feb 12, 2011 5:49:11 AM - itnnews.lk

Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva has stressed that although the cultivated lands have been destroyed to some extent due to rains caused by the global environmental change, it has not affected food security.

The Minister said the country is facing many challenges. There has been a change in the weather patterns in many countries due to a climatic change experienced in the world. There is a drop in the cultivation of vegetables due to the adverse weather situation experienced in the last few days. It would take sometime before vegetables are sent to the market. However, the reservoirs have a large volume of water to undertake cultivation in the forthcoming cultivation seasons. The Minister pointed out that the agricultural produce in the next two cultivation seasons will increase to a considerable extent.

The Minister was speaking at the passing out of 34 Mahaweli Security guards. 34 apprentices, who completed their training at the Mahaweli Defence Training Centre in Kotmale passed out. They will be deployed for security duties in areas surrounding the Mahaweli reservoirs.