The Climate Smart Agriculture Project (CSIAP) funded by the World Bank supplies Agriculture Instructors (AIs) with Rs: One Million of 10 Soil Testing Kits to support farmers in the CSIAP command area in Batticaloa yesterday (26th).
On behalf of the CSIAP, Hon. Mahindananda Aluthgamage, Minister of Agriculture, handed Soil Testing Kits over to AIs ceremonially at the Deputy Commissioner Office of the Department of Agrarian Development (DAD), Batticaloa.
The CSIAP will provide AIs in the rest of the CSIAP’s command areas: Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Kurunegala, Puttalam, Kilinochchi, Mullaitivu, Trincomalee, Ampara, Moneragala and Hambantota with soil testing kits soon.
The goal of soil testing is to provide an accurate assessment of the soil's fertility to make fertilizer recommendations. With the increasing awareness of fertilizer effects on environmental quality, soil tests also can be used to determine where fertilizers or manure should not be applied. The basic soil tests pinpoint the amount of organic matter, the pH and the level of macronutrients (nitrogen (N), phosphorous (P) and potassium (K).
The Climate Smart Irrigated Agriculture Project (CSIAP) is implemented by the Ministry of Agriculture since 2019. The CSIAP is aiming at improving climate resilience of farmer families and productivity of irrigated agriculture in climatically vulnerable 11 districts in dry zone of Sri Lanka. This is a World Bank funded project costing US$ 125 million and the World Bank contribution is US$ 110 million. 1,700 minor/medium irrigation schemes will be rehabilitated to benefit over 60,000 farm families. Currently the CSIAP is providing an additional handholding support to the government to ensure food security in the country.
Hon. Sathasivam Viyalendiran, the State Minister of Backward Rural Areas Development, Promotion of Domestic Animal Husbandry and Minor Economic Crop Cultivation, Hon. Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan, MP & Co-Chairman of District Coordinating Committee, Batticaloa, Officials of DAD, Officials of the CSIAP and farmers were present at the ceremony.”
|Agriculture Instructors in Batticaloa who received soil testing kits|
|Minister Hon. Mahindananda Aluthgamage hands a soil testing kit over to an Agriculture Instructor