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The President instructs to address Fall Army worm menace in the caliber of a war

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By ITN News Editor January 22, 2019 18:38

The President instructs to address Fall Army worm menace in the caliber of a war

President Maithripala Sirisena has given instructions to relevant authorities to fulfill their respective duties with great commitment. He added that toil that has to be undertaken by the officials is equivalent to a war as Fall Army worm has posed a massive threat to agricultural crops.

The President further instructed to implement a concerted effort with assistance of the public and the private sectors.He wanted to launch a national programme with a given time frame to address the menace.President Sirisena gave these instructions during a meeting held at the Presidential Secretariat.
The discussion was focused on finding swift measures to minimize the harm caused by fall army-worm.At present several steps are being taken in this regard and a Presidential Task force also established to supervise this programunder the guidance of the President. The President also instructed the Deputy Minister of Mahaweli, Ajith Mannapperuma and an Additional Secretary of the Presidential Secretariat and senior representatives of the Ministry of Plantation Industries to coordinate the work of the Presidential Task Force.In addition, the President advised to implement an awareness program aiming farmers and farmer organizations. Ministers P. Harrison and Daya Gamage, State Minister Amir Ali, and the Secretary of Mahaweli andEnvironment Ministry and several other government officials also attended the meeting.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor January 22, 2019 18:38