The agreement was reached during a meeting a World Bank delegation had with Minister Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena. The meeting took place at the auditorium of the Agriculture Ministry.
The Minister pointed out the need to develop farming and animal husbandry in the North and East. The delegation pledged assistance to develop agriculture covering five provinces parallel to the programme of the Government. The aim is to uplift the local economy. World Bank representatives agreed to provide assistance to improve cinnamon cultivation in the Matara and Galle Districts.