World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 

Sri Lankan Rice Production Wins Support

Sri Lankan Rice Production Wins Support From UN-Backed Project

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization FAO announced plans today to boost rice production in districts of Sri Lanka hit hard by recent floods or conflict and by the soaring cost of many basic foods.

Under the $500,000 project, families in four districts of north-central and eastern Sri Lanka – Batticaloa, Ampara, Polonnaruwa and Anuradhapura – will receive certified seed paddy and small implements so they can increase their rice production.

Some 600 metric tons of seed paddy will be distributed in a bid to bring immediate support to rice production, according to a press release issued by FAO in the capital, Colombo.

“From this initiative, about 6,000 hectares of former paddy lands will be renovated and overall rice production of these four districts will be increased,” said the agency’s representative in Sri Lanka, Patrick Evans.

FAO said the project is part of its global campaign to help poor people in developing countries deal with the impact of high food prices over the past year. The agency is currently engaged in supporting food production in 35 countries.

Sri Lanka also continues to be beset by violent clashes, particularly in the north, between Government forces and members of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), and UN officials have issued grave warnings about the humanitarian impact of the fighting.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Gordon Campbell: On The Iran Aftermath

So, evidently, you can get away with murder. It looks as though a further escalation in the ongoing war between Iran and the US has been avoided – mainly thanks to Iran NOT responding in kind to the recklessly unhinged behaviour by the United States. ... More>>

ALSO:

Madrid Climate Talks: Decade Ending 2019 Likely To Be Hottest On Record

“If we do not take urgent climate action now, then we are heading for a temperature increase of more than 3°C by the end of the century, with ever more harmful impacts on human wellbeing.” More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Recent Upheavals Inside Iran

In the fortnight since the Internet got switched back on in Iran, the ferocity of the crackdown on the recent demonstrations has become evident. Reportedly, hundreds of people have been killed, thousands wounded and thousands more have been arrested. More>>

ALSO: