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Training on drought resistant cultivation techniques

Mr R S Wijesekera, Director of Extension and Training in the Department of Agriculture, Peradeniya facilitated a workshop held at SEDEC auditorium on 12th September on the subject “Climate Change-Traditional and Novel Technologies to Cope with Future Challenges”. Nearly 35 participants from the Dioceses of Batticaloa, Anuradhapura and Kurunegala as well as from the National Centre attended this training program which was held under the project titled “Substantiation of Community Institutions for Sustainable Agriculture to Ensure Food Security”.

The important areas covered by the training module included:

  • Impact of climate change on agriculture and water resources
    Adaptation strategies such as On-farm Water Management, Multiple Cropping Systems and Protected Agriculture

Special emphasis was placed on the conservation of water, micro irrigation technology, use of drought tolerant varieties in crop selection and rain water harvesting, as well as focusing on alternative methods of cultivation and so on.