The objective of the Government of Sri Lanka is to inevitably make agriculture the solid foundation of future development of the country. It aims not only to make it self-sufficient but to also by ensure healthy food production and alleviate living standards of the farmercommunity and thus bring about the establishment of sustainable development of agriculture.
I would like totake this opportunity to pay tribute to His Excellency the President, Hon. Prime Minister and the people of Matale for giving me an opportunity to serveour country as the State Minister of Agriculture and help achieve these targets.
With the dawn of the new millennium it is essential to develop agriculture treading on new vistas of modern technology and sound trade relation.This calls for the implementation of new measures to ensure the optimal nutritional preservation of crops during the process of production and further enhancing the efficiency in the sector resulting in enhanced productivity.
It shall be my earnest endeavor to direct with determination and commitment the forward march of the Ministry of Agriculture and in collaboration with Hon Mahinda Amaraweera, The Minister of Agriculture strive to achieve these goals.