A meeting between agriculture officials and youths cultivating abandoned paddy lands chaired by state Minister of Agriculture Vidura Wickramanayake was held at the Ministry of Agriculture on 18.12.2009.
At this meeting youths engaged in asweddumization of abandoned paddy lands brought to the notice of agriculture officials the problems they are facing in undertaking the task with particular reference to the poor condition of embankments supplying water to paddy fields. In their response, the officials of the Dept. of Agrarian Development expressed their ability to provide machinery & equipment required for restoring those embankments.
Up to date abandoned paddy land asweddumization process was underken by youths without any state patronage. Accordingly, the new government’s mediation in this effort is considered as highly appreciable more towards further encouraging those youths in this national endeavor.