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Army Launches Aloe vera Farming Project for Reintegrated Ex-LTTE Combatants
[2012-01-10 15:30:02]

To establish a stable economy for reintegrated ex-LTTE combatants and several destitute families in Vadamarachchi, Security Forces Headquarters – Jaffna (SF-J) in collaboration with the office of the Governor Northern Province launched an Aloe vera farming project on Sunday (08).

Although the government provided sufficient vocational training during their period at Protective Accommodation and Rehabilitation Centres in Jaffna, Vavuniya and Welikanda, some reintegrated ex-LTTE combatants reportedly faced difficulties in finding jobs. As an effort to secure their future with lucrative income, Commander Security Forces - Jaffna Major General Mahinda Hathurusinghe, with auspices of the Secretary Defence Mr. Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and the Commander of the Army Lieutenant General Jagath Jayasuriya, got the assistance of the Northern Governor Major General (Retd) G.A. Chandrasiri to start Aloe vera farms in the Vadamarachchi area.

At the initial stage of the project, 54 families of rehabilitated ex-LTTE combatants, their relatives and other war-affected persons including women-headed families were selected to grow Aloe vera at domestic level. An introductory seminar on the cultivation which is new to Jaffna was conducted by Ms. Maheeni Samarakoon Singappuli, a consultant in the field for the Aloe vera farmers of Mamunai, Thalaiady and Champianpattu on Sunday. A Co-operative Society was also formed for the Aloe vera farmers during the inauguration ceremony at Thalaiady Roman Catholic Tamil Mixed School.

Headquarters SF-J distributed agriculture tools needed for the farming project and 5000 Aloe vera saplings at the inauguration, and by mid February another 20000 plants will be provided to farmers. At request of the Commander SF-J, Northern Province Governor’s office has allocated Rs. 1 million for the project.

Aloe vera abundantly used in preparing herbal medication has a great demand at local and international level. The area selected for Aloe vera farming is sandy and not utilized by residents in those areas to make any agriculture products. But experts recommend the area ideal for Aloe vera farming.

Commander 551 Brigade Brigadier Hemantha Kulathunge, Commanding Officer 10 Vijayabahu Infantry Regiment Lieutenant Colonel Chamly Ratnayake and senior officers of the SF-J took part in the inauguration ceremony.

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