|Special Arrangements to enable cultivation in Jaffna High Security Zone|
|Wednesday, 20 August 2008|
The Government has made arrangements for the farmers who own paddy lands in the Ariyalai East High Security Zone (HSZ) to commence their cultivation activities. Earlier, public access was restricted in the area due to security concerns. The security forces have confirmed that the present security situation is satisfactory and the farmers can be allowed to engage in cultivation.
According to the Army Security Forces Headquarters Jaffna (SFHQJ), farmers have been allowed to cultivate 103 acres of land that lies between the Ariyalai railway track and Jaffna-Kandy road (A-9) from 17 August, Ministry of Defence announced.
Farmers, after obtaining a special identity card from the security officers, have been allowed to engage in their livelihood activities in the area since yesterday (18). Accordingly, 73 farmers commenced their work.The officials of the farmers association have welcomed the security forces' decision. They have called the decision a vital confidence building measure between the civilian community and the security forces, sources said.
(Courtesy : Department of Information )
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