A capacity building programme conducted by the Commercial Bank of Ceylon recently for dairy farmers of the Kokkadicholai area in the Eastern Province benefitted 150 people involved in the industry.
Jointly organised by the Bank’s Agriculture and Micro Finance Unit (AMFU) in Kattankudy, its Regional office – Eastern and the Kattankudy branch, the programme was conducted with the assistance of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka and other supporting institutions including Nestlé Lanka.
The Central Bank representative Mr S. Prabahar, Senior Manager, covered ‘Financial literacy among dairy farmers’ while Dr S D M Maheer, Veterinary Surgeon Kokkadicholai and Mr P.S. Shanmuganathan, Livestock Development Officer, Batticaloa, made presentations on ‘Dairy farming and productivity improvements.’ The Commercial Bank briefed participants on the financial products it offers micro, small and medium entrepreneurs.
The Commercial Bank has conducted similar programmes in areas such as Narammala, Galle, Monaragala, Wellawaya, Badulla, Passara, Bandarawela, Welimada, Weligama, Koggala, Karapitiya, Matara, Batticaloa, Ampara, Kurunegala, Jaffna, Vavuniya, Hingurakgoda, Kandy and Point Pedro, under an initiative to provide essential knowledge to SMEs and micro entrepreneurs.
The Bank’s Agriculture and Micro Finance Units are located in Ratnapura, Narammala, Kandy, Anuradhapura, Kilinochchi, Bandarawela, Wellawaya, Hingurakgoda, Galewela, Atchuvely, Vavuniya,Kattankudy and Tissamaharama. They identify and support people who need financial assistance for Agri/Micro businesses, provide guidance on how to improve their businesses and help resolve difficulties.