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Army-Conducted Farming Course for Civilians Ends at Kandakadu Farm

The three-month long Agriculture training programme, conducted for selected farming community by the Army Directorate of Agriculture and Livestock under the supervision of the Commander, Security Forces Headquarters – East (SFHQ-E) under the guidance of the Director, Agriculture and Livestock, concluded recently at the Kandakadu Farm in a simple ceremony.

The agriculture training programme was launched to impart most modern scientific and technical know-how to village-level farming communities for enhancement of their knowledge on agriculture and farming with special focus on modern scientific methods.

During this 90-day long training project, 17 trainees were educated on the use of scientific and technical methods for enhancement of their harvest and knowledge in proper planting, caring, productivity, cost reduction, increasing harvests, storage, climatic changes, use of organic manure, viruses, etc.

On a proposal made by the Commander of the Army, each attendee was initially paid Rs 300.00 per day during the training course, but it was subsequently increased to Rs 600.00 per day after the approval of the Ministry of Defence as a stimulant to attendees.

In addition, lunch, morning and evening refreshments and other facilities were provided free of charge to the participants.

Colonel Chandra Jayaweera, Commander 233 Brigade attended the certificate-awarding ceremony as the Chief Guest, representing the Commander Security Forces - East.