President Maithripala Sirisena inaugurated the National Food Production Battle at a ceremony held at the premises of the paddy field of Thibbotuwawa, Kekirava on October 6.
He stated that the year 2018 will be named as the Year of Local Food Production, to take forward this national programme in a comprehensive manner. President Sirisena presented Mahaweli land deeds, Mahaweli scholarships and agriculture insurances on this occasion. He also delivered paddy seeds among the farmers affected by drought. He also presented Commendations to outstanding farmers and the prizes to the winners of home gardening in 2017.
Director General of Mahaweli, Gotabhaya Jayarathne presented the Agricultural Plan 2017 – 2018 to the President. President Sirisena presented the book on soil conservation to the school children.