Farmers get land for homes, farming land next on list

The Agriculture Ministry say over 140,000 farming families in Sri Lanka are landless, with not even a few perches to build a house. The Agriculture Ministry say over 140,000 farming families in Sri Lanka are landless, with not even a few perches to build a house. A new initiative hopes to distribute a minimum 6 perches land as per Municipality law to each landless farming family for housing.

The Ministry is currently scouting for vacant land for distribution, while putting down strategies and policies on land distribution.

Land already available will be distributed within the year, ministry officials said.

The ministry is also putting in place National Land Distribution and Land Utilisation policies to help future land allocations.

Meanwhile, the ministry believes that the actual number of landless farmers was much higher than the 140,000 indicated by a 2002 Agriculture sector census.

A study however is unlikely, with the ministry pinning its hopes for fresh data from any upcoming census studies.

The project will be suplimented with another scheme where the ministry hopes to distribute farming land