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India to help revive agriculture in Lanka`s war-ravaged areas

India and Sri Lanka plan to deepen their cooperation in the agriculture sector, with New Delhi providing machinery and implements worth Rs 250 million to revive agriculture in the country.

Updated: Apr 21, 2011, 22:57 PM IST

Colombo: India and Sri Lanka plan to
deepen their cooperation in the agriculture sector, with New Delhi providing machinery and implements worth Rs 250 million to revive agriculture in the country after the end of a three-decade ethnic conflict in 2009.

Tractors and agricultural implements are being
provided to farmers` organisations to support the
rehabilitation of internally-displaced persons in the
country`s war-ravaged northern province, Indian High
Commission here today said.

The Indian government will provide a total of 500
tractors to farmers along with agricultural implements. It
will also supply seeds for the Maha and Yala harvesting
seasons in 2010-11.
The supply of tractors under the programme has already
started with the ceremonial handing-over of 52 tractors with a
complete set of farm implements in November.

Thousands of Sri Lankan Tamils were displaced due to
the civil war in the country. The LTTE, which fought a three-
decade war for a separate state alleging discrimination
against the minority Tamils by the Sinhalas, was defeated by
government troops in May 2009.

PTI