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High yield of grapes in Jaffna

Jul 16, 2011 10:59:07 AM - itnnews.lk

A high yield of grapes has been obtained in the Jaffna Peninsula as a result of the peaceful environment prevailing in the area.

The biggest harvest of grapes was obtained this year in the Jaffna Peninsula after a number of years. The Government launched a programme to assist farmers to cultivate grapes in thousands of acres of land following the war. Currently grapes is being cultivated in 50 hectares of land. Minister S.M. Chandrasena travelled to Jaffna to look into the problems faced by the farmers. The Jaffna market is now open to the world. The trade ties between the North and South are strengthened due to A-9 road. The Jaffna farmers say that they receive a good price due to this. The farmers are prepared to extend their cultivations due to the successful harvest and the higher price. Minister S.M. Chandrasena said that the Government will extend maximum support in this connection. The Minister said that skilled farmers in the North who are engaged in vegetable, cereal and fruit cultivations will be identified annually and awards will be presented to them.