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Ten percent of A'pura farmers hit by kidney disease

2014 Jul 09

A recent survey revealed that 10 percent of farmers in the Anuradhapura district have fallen prey to kidney diseases.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa in view of this directed Agriculture Ministry officials to embark on a carbonic cultivation project covering the Anuradhapura district.

The Anuradhapura district carbonic cultivation scheme was inaugurated in Morawewa, Horowpathana recently. Simultaneously, similar programs were started in Abhayapura, Udangawa and Ethakada, Anuradhapura district agriculture director Gamini Erabadupitiya said. He said under the first phase, the ministry allocated Rs. 20 million to carry out these projects in four villages.

Erabadupitiya said steps are being taken to collect 200 soil samples and deep well water samples from these villages for laboratory tests.

"A large number of kidney patients are found in the village we selected to launch the carbonic cultivation program. For example in Morawewa village in Horowpathana where we inaugurated our cultivation program, there are around 70 kidney patients among 400 families. Our aim under this program is to address the rapid increase of kidney disease in Anuradhapura. Under this program, traditional native paddy is cultivated in 500 acres, herbs in 300 acres, fruits in another 300 acres and cowpea, green gram, undu and sorghum in an additional 400 acres within the selected villages. It is planned to launch this cultivation program during the 2014/2015 Maha season," he said.

Meanwhile, at the awareness program at Udangawa in Kebithigollewa, villagers brought to the notice of agriculture authorities that there were a number of springs close to this village.

They urged the officers to have a drinking water supply scheme established by pumping pure water directly from the spring to the village. Erabadupitiya said that they would take steps to submit these details to the Agriculture Ministry.
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