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More than a thousand farmers in the Dioceses of Kurunegala, Batticaloa and Anuradhapura have been formed into small groups and capacitated in organic farming methods under a project funded by Caritas Norway. These farmers have established viable home gardens which provide them with fresh vegetables and fruits, thus ensuring a healthy and nutritionally balanced diet for their families, in addition to improving the family economy.
Overall, the project, titled as “ Substantiation of Community Institutions for Sustainable Agriculture to Ensure Food Security”, targets to cover 5,500 subsistence farmers in the Districts of Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Kurunegala, Batticaloa and Ampara over the five-year period 2013- 2017.
Meantime, selected farmers, agricultural instructors and Caritas implementation staff were also given capacity building training on Establishing Domestic Economic Units, Organic Farming Techniques, Farmer Field Schools Methodology, Marketing Strategies, Production of Compost and Liquid Fertiliser, and Production of Pest Repellants, as well as Approaches to Advocacy and Lobbying.