The Sri Lanka Army’s Directorate of Agriculture and Livestock produced dry chillies in a 200 acres land in Kandakadu, Menik Farm and Andiyapuliyankulam Army farmlands and symbolically submitted to State Ministry for Development of Minor Crops, recently.
The Ministry allocated a sum of Rs 79 million to the Army for acquisition of necessary land, seeds and saplings, manure and preparation of crop beds for cultivation of chillies, the Army said.
The first harvest of 1 metric ton of chillies was presented to Hon. Janaka Wakkumbura, State Minister of Development of Minor Crops including Sugarcane, Maize, Cashew, Pepper, Cinnamon, Cloves, Betel Related Industries and Export Promotion at the rate of Rs 300 per kg, the Army sources confirmed.
The stock will be sold accordingly to the State Corporation for Spices for distribution among the public through ‘Sathosa’ and Cooperative agencies.
State Ministry officials, Agriculture and Livestock Director Brig. Arosh Rajapaksha, officers and other ranks were present during the occasion.