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Emergency agricultural assistance to flood victims in Sri Lanka
Emergency agricultural assistance to flood victims in the Eastern and Central Provinces of Sri Lanka
To restore the agriculture-based livelihoods, and improve the household food security of 10 800 households in Ampara, Batticaloa and Trincomalee districts during the Yala 2011 season, and an additional 23 700 households during the Maha 2011/12 season.
Department of Agriculture and Department of Animal Production and Health.
A total of 49 302 vulnerable households.
- Distributed 3 750 kg of maize seeds to 2 342 households for the Yala season and 8 400 kg of maize seeds to 5 600 households for the Maha season, as well as 2 203 750 kg of seed paddy to 20 678 households for the Maha season.
- Provided 25 000 vegetable seed kits with 1 kg of various seeds to 17 932 households to cultivate home gardens during the Maha 2011/12 season.
- Provided 2 750 households with backyard poultry packages containing 20 one-month old chicks, wire mesh and poultry feed.
- Distributed 320 water pumps for group farming to a total of 860 farmers that also received seed assistance.
- In total 923 acres of were of maize were cultivated during the Yala 2011 season and 837 acres during the Maha2011/12 season, and 38 860 acres of paddy seed were cultivated during the Maha 2011/12 season.
- The inputs provided under the project enabled 41 percent of the total maize produced in the Eastern Province as a while during the Yala 2012 season, as well as 8 percent of the total paddy produced and 6 percent of the total maize produced in the Eastern province during the Maha 2011/12 season.
- Home gardening made an important contribution towards increasing household food security through the provision of vegetable seed packages.
- Poultry egg production improved female-headed households’ access to nutritious food.
- Beneficiary households were able to irrigate their crop with the water pumps provided.