Economists and policymakers backed by World Bank experts have developed a major ‘Climate Smart’ Agriculture project for Sri Lanka which will be taken up by the Cabinet for approval this week. This will be Sri Lanka’s first ‘Climate Smart Agriculture’ project which promotes efficient water-use, efficient technology and other climate-smart agricultural practices – to ensure food security and economic growth. The Ministry of Agriculture will be the lead Ministry, supported by the Ministry of Irrigation, Ministry of Mahaweli along with private sector institutions and civil societies of this project. Senior Rural Development Specialist for the Agriculture Global Practice at World Bank Colombo, S. Manoharan told the Business Observer, the project report after Cabinet approval, will be reviewed by the World Bank Board in September this year. “I hope we will start the project by the end of this year-and we will work in 11 districts starting from the North to the South,” he said. The districts earmarked are the mostly affected by unfortunate weather conditions – by both floods and drought, according to Manoharan who is the key negotiator of this project. In Sri Lanka, he said, the farming community is yet to understand the challenges of climate change conditions…. Read full this story
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