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Provision of seed and essential agricultural inputs in Sri Lanka

Provision of seed and essential agricultural inputs in Sri Lanka

Full title of the project:

Provision of seed and other essential agricultural inputs for livelihoods recovery in the north

Target areas:

Kilinochchi, Mannar, Mullaitivu and Vavuniya districts.

Recipient:
Donor:
Contribution:
USD 876 000
Implementation:
01/01/2010-30/06/2010
Project code:
OSRO/SRL/904/AUL
Objective:

To enhance the food security of conflict-affected families in the Northern province in order to rapidly initiate the resumption of livelihoods activities for returnee farming families.

Key partners:

The Department of Agriculture – Northern Provincial Council, Department of Animal Production and Health and the Pandarawanni Farmers Organization.

Beneficiaries reached:

8 218 households (approximately 32 872 individuals).

Activities implemented:
  •  Distributed 187 tonnes of paddy seed to 2 969 households and 29 tonnes of groundnut and cowpea to 3 399 households.
  •  Provided 500 water pumps and 1 000 sprayers at a subsidized rate.
  •  Provided home garden kits (in kind) consisting of an assortment of vegetable seeds to 3 600 households.
  •  Provided livestock assistance to 1 010 households, each of which received 20 one-month-old chicks, a 25 kg bag of starter mash and a 6 m roll of wire mesh to use for fence construction.
Impact:
  •  The beneficiaries were able to cultivate 1 220 ha of paddy crop, 214.7 ha of groundnut crop and 157.3 ha of cowpea crop.
  •  Poultry provided by the project resulted in an average household production of 240 eggs per month, most of which is used for income generation (approximately LKR 4 332 per month).