An agricultural renaissance is taking place in Jaffna. 15,900 hectares has been brought under cultivation.
Jaffna which was deserted for more than 21 years due to terrorism is now thickly populated. Our correspondent said that a massive re-awakening is taking place as a result of the tranquil conditions that are prevailing in the Jaffna District. All barren land has been brought under cultivation while a successful yield is being received. Only 700 hectares had been cultivated within the Jaffna District when terrorist were active. The Jaffna Assistant Agrarian Service Commissioner M. Patrick Weeranjan said that onion cultivation which was limited to 200 hectares during the war period has now increased to 1200 hectares. Grape cultivation was totally abandoned during the war season. But 50 hectares has now been brought under grape cultivation. The total extent cultivated with paddy is 11 thousand hectares.
The Government is continuously granting the fertilizer subsidy to the Jaffna peasants. Minister S.M. Chandrasena has instructed the relevant authorities to provide this fertilizer to the cultivators speedily and without any delay. 13 of the 15 Agrarian Centres which had been ravaged due to terrorist activities have been reconstruction and opened. While the Government is continuously extending all the facilities needed by the farmers, Minister Chandrasena he was monitoring these activities.