Mobile Sales Service was conducted by the staff Deputy Provincial Director of Agriculture Jaffna at Maruthanarmadam market on 26.03.2019 for benefitting farmers, office, school and home gardens. This mobile sales service was held under the chairmanship of Jaffna Deputy Provincial Director of Agriculture Mrs.A.Srirangan from 7.30 am to 10.30 am.
District Agriculture Training Centre and Atchuvely Horticulture Genetic Resource Centre sold their growing bag seedlings, fruit plant seedlings, arecanut, sandi, croton, puthina, musuddai, mudakoththan, aloevera. This mobile sales service was carried out with the objective of providing the life inputs for promoting home gardens, school gardens, office gardens, etc. Moreover, the objective of supplying tree plants for building up the green nation has also been included in this mobile sale.
With the objective of providing good quality seeds to increase the productivity and quality of agriculture produce, in the Mobile Sales Service, Good Quality Certified seeds of the crops such as green gram, black gram, cowpea, ground nutand vegetables were sold to the famers and other categories of intended clients. .
Publications and Handouts of the Department which could provide additional technical information to the farmers for improving their agricultural activities were also sold at the mobile sales service. The Publications and Hand out include Pine apple, Pulses, Dragon fruit, Grapes, Banana, Papaw, Pomegranate, Vegetables, Layering, Bee keeping, Jack, Post harvest, Margosa pesticide, Mushroom, Tissue culture, Big onion, Rambuttan, Mangusteen, Integrated Pest Management, Orange, Avacado, Rice production, Other Field crops, Landscaping, Mango, Hydroponics, Pesticide recommendation book, Leafy vegetable, Guava, Organic Agriculture.
The crop clinic program was also conducted in coupled with Mobile Sales Service. The plant doctors diagnosed technical problems having inspected either damaged plants or damaged parts of the plant brought by the farmers to the crop clinic gave the recommendations to the farmers in the prescription sheet and sent the Short Message to their mobile phone instantly. In this occasion 15 farmers had brought the affected plant or plant parts (samples) and received the solution to their problems. Further more than 100 farmers received the information for solving their problems with special reference to the plant protection in the crop cultivation.
Provincial Director of Agriculture for Northern Province Mr.S.Sivakumar, Deputy Director of Seed and Planting Material Development Centre for Kilinochchi Mr.S.Satheeswaran, Research Officer In Charge for Thirunelvely Agriculture Research Station Dr.T.Karunainathan, Officer In Charge of Seed Certification Service for Jaffna Mr.A.Ramanitharan, Course Coordinator of Jaffna College Institute of Agriculture Mr.M.Kanthasamy, Lecturers and Students, Development Officers, Subject Matter Officers, Agriculture Instructors of Provincial Department of Agriculture, School Teachers, Officers of Uduvil Divisional Secretariat, Former Provincial Agriculture Secretary Dr.S.Gnanachanthiran, Former Assistant Director of Agriculture Mr.S.Sinnathurai and farmers participated in the mobile service. Altogether about 250 persons participated in the mobile service cum crop clinic program.