Mahaweli ‘F’ Zone declared sustainable development area for organic agriculture

The Moragahakanda-Kaluganga Mahaweli “F” Zone has been declared as a sustainable development area for organic agriculture by Mahaweli, Agriculture, Irrigation and Rural Development Minister Chamal Rajapaksa.

The Minister has made the Order under Mahaweli Authority of Sri Lanka Act No. 23 of 1979 in concurrence with President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

The sustainable development area has been declared with the objective to promote organic vegetable crops, fruit crops, and other field crops in this area as a green organic zone, free from the use of agrochemicals and pesticides.

The organic agriculture program will be implemented under a public and private partnership to supply the direct and value-added certified organic products to local and foreign markets from this zone. The products will be supplied to the local and foreign markets under the brand of ‘Mahaweli Knuckles Organic Products’.

Among the objectives of the program are to ensure sustainable usage of soil through soil conservation methods of setting stone bunds and biological hedges, etc.; and to promote water conservation in farming for the preservation of irrigated water and its efficient use.