Empty lands to be taken for food production: President

Oct 05, 2015 (LBO) – Private and state owned lands which have not been cultivated will be used for food production in the future, President Maithripala Sirisena emphasized.

President Sirisena stated that it is a shame to import food from foreign countries for consumption when there is an ability to produce every food within the country.

President said he would take explanations from the responsible officials especially about the state lands which will not be cultivated.

“The empty lands which have not been utilized for food production and owned by private sector will also be taken on temporary basis for food production,” Sirisena said.

“Every inch which can be cultivated should be cultivated.”

He was speaking at the inauguration ceremony of the National Program for Local Food Production, held in Iranamadu today.

President Sirisena pointed out that over 80 percent of the requirement of chilies, soya, cowpea and green gram is imported and over 6 billion rupees have spent on importation of food in 2014.

“When this happens the farmers can never get rid of the debt burden.” he said.

In parallel to this program the inauguration of the growing of agricultural products including corn, fruit and coconut was also commenced today.