Agri Tour

Nov 06, 2007 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s Hatton National Bank is sending local farmers to India to study agricultural practices and learn new techniques, officials said. The farmers, who are customers of 12 HNB branches hail from agricultural centres like Dambulla, Trincomalee, Vavuniya, Tissamaharama, Gampaha and Nuwara Eliya.

“This is to encourage farmers to be more productive,” Vishwa Gunawardena of the development banking section at HNB told reporters.

“We hope, what is learnt through this, will be utilised in local agriculture. This trip is also to educate farmers about the realities outside Sri Lanka,” Gunawardena said.

The bank said, through its 160 and more branch network, has distributed over 20 billion rupees as agricultural loans to farmers since its inception.

This is the third time HNB is sending is farmer clients abroad.

HNB first started as Hatton Bank in 1888 in the hill country of the then British Ceylon to cater to large scale plantations, as well as to the small savers amongst the plantation workers.

In 1970, HNB was born by the amalgamation of Hatton Bank with the Kandy and Nuwara Eliya branches of the then National and