Agri -Business Farmer Partnership Agreement

Agri-Business Farmer Partnership Agreement for Market Linkage for four Agriculture commodities was ceremonially handed over by the Minister of Agriculture, Rural Economic Affairs, Livestock Development, Irrigation, and Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development   P.Harison to the Leaders of the Commodity Producer Societies and Official of the 5 Agro-based Industries in a function held at the Ministry of Agriculture, Colombo on 13th February 2019.

Members of the Commodity Producers Societies for the crops; Ground nut, Papaw fruits, Passion and Alovera,   Official of  Agro Based Industry ,  Project Director for  ASMP , Director General of Agriculture and Provincial Directors of Agriculture  have signed the  Agri -Business Farmer Partnership Agreement for purchasing  the specified agriculture commodities at the  Ministry of Agriculture Colombo on 13.02.2019 with the objective of providing reasonable and stable price to agriculture  products of  farmers.

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Agri -Business Farmer Partnership Agreement was signed between  Leaders of Ground nut Producer Societies of Mullaitivu district and David Gram Stores  and Amal Gram Stores for ground nut,   Leaders of Papaw Fruits  Producers Society and Official of Sunfrost (Pvt) Limited of  Hayleys  Agriculture  for papaw fruits, Leaders of Passion Fruits Producers Society and Official of Lanka Canneries(Pvt ) Ltd for passion fruits,  and
Leaders of Aloveera Producers Society and Official of Country Style  Foods (Pvt) Ltd and Alahakoon Plantations (Pvt ) Ltd for aloevera leaves.

In respect of  Northern Province, Muttaiyankaddukulam Groundnut Producers Society, Muththuvinayagarpuram Ground nut Producers Society and Pandaravanni Ground nut Producers Society  of Oddusudan  entered into  Agri -Business Farmer Partnership Agreement  with David Gram Stores  while   Ganeshapuram Thaddayamalai Ground nut Producers Society ,Oddusuddan Ground nut Producers Society and Thanduvan Ground nut Producers Society  entered into  Agri -Business Farmer Partnership Agreement  with Amal Gram  Stores  for selling cleaned and  dried Groundnut at a price ranging from  Rs.175/= /kg to  Rs 200/= / kg according to  its quality.  As per the agreement 600,000 kg of cleaned and dried Groundnut produced from 200 acres are to be supplied by the farmers and purchased by these 2 companies. Agri -Business Farmer Partnership Agreement will be expanded to other parts of the district and province with time horizon based on its success.

Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture Rural Economic Affairs, Livestock Development, Irrigation, and Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Mr.K.D.S.Ruwanchandra , Team Leader  of World Bank for Agriculture Sector Modernization Project (ASMP) Mr.Andrew Woodland ,  Secretary to the State  Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Rural Economic Affairs  Mr.D.V.Bandulasena ,  Secretary to the State Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development  Mrs.W.P.Sandanayake , Director General of Agriculture Dr.W.M.W. Weerakoon,  Provincial Director of Agriculture for Northern Province Mr.S.Sivakumar , Provincial Director of Agriculture for Uva  Province Mrs.A.M.D. Athapattu, Project Director for  ASMP Mrs. Thulani Weerakoon  and  Provincial Deputy Project Director for ASMP for Northern Province   Mr.K.Pathamanathan , Provincial Deputy  Project Director for  ASMP  for Uva Province  Mr.R.M.Nandasiri and many higher officials of the Ministry of Agriculture participated in this event.