Minister of Agriculture Mahindananda Aluthgamage inspected the 15 area eco-friendly Agro Techno Park extending within the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Sports Complex at Diyagama in Homagama. On this occation officers and employees of the park pointed out to the Minister that a valuble resource of the country, a fully pledge model park in the western province had been allowed to be destroyed in the past not taking measures even to maintain it. This park has been established as an integral part of the sport complex. It stands as a model which demonstrates that any of the local cultivation could be made a successful undertaking with the application of organic fertilizer only by providing non contaminated food to both local and foreign participants in sports, improving their mental health, promoting indeginous cultivation whereby creating exemplary country and improving beauty of the international explanade are the objectives of the establishment are the objectives of the establishment of this park. Local yams, upcountry and low country vegetables and fruits and almost all types of grain including Kurakkan, Meneri, gingerly, green gram and maize etc are grown here in the farm of organic cultivations. This park consists of around 150 types of herbal plants. Animal productions such as cattle and goats were also available here in the past. But animal husbandary has come to a standstill now. At present the entire staff of the park consist of two officers, 7 labourers and one watcher. Agriculture Instructor Mr. Gamini Wickramatilaka who being the garden keeper also explained to the Minister that many a problem has been created by this staff curtailment.
The officers of the park requested the Minister to take steps to transfer the ownership of the park to the Dept. of Agriculture as a solution to the issue of ownership of the park. Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage agreed to expidite the transfer and promised to arrange a discussion with sports and Youth Affairs Minister Namal Rajapaksa. The Agriculture Minister also agreed to provide provisions and facilities for settlement of ownership of the park. Officer in charge, Gamini Wickramatilake pointed out that bio-gass were produced utilizing residues of the cattleshed and supply energy to part of the Army Camp. An income received so far have been sent to the General Treasury.
Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage promised to make arrangements to make use of this park in a productive manner as it uses both traditional agricultural methods and modern technology while undertaking organic farming as well.
Eco friendly park in Diyagama consists of local food crops, indeginous plants, green leaves and local yams and it is our duty to preserve them for future generation. Two green houses have been built within the park. However in the absence of sufficient staff they are remain idle. The Minister instructed the Mr. W.M.W. Weerakoon DG of Agriculture to look in to the matter and take necessary steps accordingly, Mr. Hiran Peris Director of the Communication and Information Technology institution and Dr (Mrs) Windya Basnayake, Deputy Director of Virus Identification Institute were also participated in this observation tour.