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Food Production


1. Addressing Causes for poverty and Ensuring Food Security for Farming Communities (Food Security Project)

Distributed chicks to the farmers in the Southern Province

Distributed chicks to the farmers in the District's of Galle, Matara & Hambantota.


Fruit Tree Planting Program at Hambantota

Fruit Tree planting program in conjunction with religious harmony program at Hambantota.


Suwa Dekma 2023 Local Foods & Ayurvedic Exhibition

“Suwa Dekma” a Local Foods and Ayurvedic Exhibition was held at Divisional Secretary’s Office premises, Weligama on 11th December 2023  (from 10.00 AM to 4.00 PM). This exhibition was organized by Caritas SED Galle in collaboration with the Divisional Secretary’s Office, Weligama, Agrarian Centre Mirissa, Department of Ayurveda of Southern Province and “Sithamu” Women Agricultural Societies.      


Caritas Response to combat Malnutrition in Program Villages

A number of  nutritional awareness programmes  were conducted by these Community Medical Officers attached to the Provincial Department of Ayuveda  in the Southern Province of Sri Lanka targeting  mostly pre-school children of pre-schools, their mothers and families in villages where we conduct food security related activities with the objective of  improving their nutrition levels. These  nutrition related prorgammes were conducted  in collaboration with Caritas SED Galle.


Improvement of Quality of Paddy Seeds to increase Rice Production of Paddy Lands in Hambantota District

We are most grateful to Mr Gerard Chitty of Irasil Foundaiton of  Australia for granting financial assistance to improve the quality of  paddy seeds to increase rice production of paddy lands in Hambantota District in Sri Lanka.

We have identified many issues in relation  to agriculture especially in  paddy farming. One main issue is Inadequate income  to cover expenditure due to increase  in agricultural input prices. Due to the present economic crisis, inability to purchase high-quality seeds   has resulted  in the decline of yield significantly. The service charges of tractors and harvesters  have also increased three times due to increase in fuel cost. Falling prices of paddy at harvest time,  exploitation due to  monopoly by large-scale traders and increase in wages for workers  are some of other issues faced by farmers.


Production of Vermicompost (worm manure)

A Training Programme on production of  vermicompost (worm manure) was conducted on 3rd May 2023 by  Mr Rasika Rukshan ( one of the very experienced farmers  in Hiyare who has achieved a remarkable  success  in producing vermicompost). This programme was conducted at a model farm belonging to Mr Kalinga at Kanampitiya . A total of 40 Members of Arunalu Agrcultural Society,  farmers in and around Kanampitiya participated at this programme organized by Caritas SED Galle.


Model Home Garden at Caritas SED Galle Premises

We have established a Model Home Garden at Caritas SED Galle Premises as a Production Model . This Model Home Garden has now become a well-developed Home Garden. This was developed under the Food Security Project (Addressing Causes for Poverty and Ensuring Food Security Security for Farming Communities in Sri Lanka) funded by Caritas Norway/NORAD.


Partnership Programme with University of Colombo at Weligatta

The Project of “Addressing Causes for Poverty and Ensuring Food Security for Farming Communities”  funded by Caritas Norway is being implemented by  Caritas SED Galle to establish 2000 Home gardens in Galle,  Matara and Hambantota Districts. The Home Vegetable Garden Program seeks to increase access to healthy food for low income residents through establishing home gardens and providing one on one garden support at family homes, Community Knowledge Centers, Schools and Religious Institutions. Program participants are provided free seedlings, seeds, and other necessary tools and supplies as well. As necessary trainings,  home gardening provide participants with opportunities to build resilience through increased community engagement, opportunities for inter-generational experience and improvements in their health from exercise and increased consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables.
This partnership (Between University of Colombo Institute for Agro-technology and Rural Sciences, ,Weligatta and Caritas SED Galle &) will be paired with a garden mentor to provide extra support to help them reach their goals, whether it be help with water management, soil erosion control, pest management, or spending more time with their families outside.


Exposure Visit to Agricultural Farm at Pannala

CBO leaders, members, farmers  and 6 Agricultural Development & Research Assistants   attached to different  Agricultural Zones  in Hambantota District and Caritas SED Galle staff  went on an exposure visit to a large Agricultural Farm at Pannala belonging to Mr Premaratne (a Resource Person) on 11th and 12th February 2023...


Capacity Building Training Programme at Govt Agricultural Farm at Labuduwa

A Capacity Building Training Programme was conducted at Government Agricultural Farm at Labuduwa  under “Food Security Project – Addressing Causes for Poverty and Ensuring Food Security For Farming communities) on 15th February 2023...


A practical training programme on home garden development was conducted at Hiyare

A  practical training programme on home garden development was conducted at Hiyare, Galle on 26.02. 2023 under the Food Security Project..


Commemoration of World Food Day – 16th October 2022 (Report)

Food Production

The World Food Day which fell on 16th October 2022 added significance to Sri Lanka this year as it faces an acute food crisis. The World Food Progrmmme has said that 6.3 million people or over 30 per cent of Sri Lanka’s population are  “food insecure”and require humanitarian assistance. In the meantime  the United Nations has issued an international appeal to help Sri Lanka overcome the present food crisis.


World Food Day

Caritas Sed Galle Commemorated the world food day on the 18.10. 22 at 'Thalaraba Temple, Mirissa, Matara, 20.10.22 at Magedara school, Yakkalamulla, Galle & 21.10.22 at Vijaya primary school, Welangahawala, Barawakubuke, Hambantota.


Assistance to a C.B.O. member of Karagoda for developing the 'Nursery

Assistance to a C.B.O. member of Karagoda for developing the 'Nursery' (Project: Addressing Causes for pverty & ensuring food security for farming Communities)


Assistance for Opening out a new market place by a C.B.O. member at Hiyare, Galle

Assistance for Opening out a new market place by a C.B.O. member at Hiyare, Akkmeemana, Galle(Project: Addressing Causes for pverty & ensuring food security)


Capacity building training programme for the School children & Parents at Yakkalamulla, Galle
Capacity building training programme on 'Crop Clinic & Pruning' for the C.B.O. members of 4 C.B.O.'s at Uluvitike, Galle.

Capacity building training programme on 'Crop Clinic & Pruning' at Uluvitike, Galle.
Capacity building training programme on 'Crop Clinic & Pruning' for the C.B.O. members of 4 C.B.O.'s at Uluvitike, Galle.

Brothers Visits to Weligama DS Division , CBO Nidangala
Brothers Visits to Weligama DS Division Capacity-building training for farmers – Food Security CBO Nidangala....

Rev. Brothers of the National Seminary visited the 'Village Knowledge Centre' at Hadavinna Mamadala, Hambantota
Rev. Brothers of the National seminary visited the 'Village Knowledge Centre' at Hadavinna Mamadala, Hambantota & handed over "Material Inputs" for establishment of 'Village Knowledge Centre' under the 'Food Security Project' being implemented by Caritas Sed Galle..

Rev. Brothers of the National seminary visited the 'Arunalu' C.B.O. members of Kaludiyawala, Yakkalamulla
Rev. Brothers of the National seminary visited the 'Arunalu' C.B.O. members of the 'Food Security' project being implemented by 'Caritas Sed Galle' at Kaludiyawala, Yakkalamulla on the 08/08/2022 .

Rev. Brothers of the National seminary visited the C.B.O. members of 'Arunodaya' & Diriya, Akmeemana, Galle
Rev. Brothers of the National seminary visited the C.B.O. members of 'Arunodaya' & Diriya at the "Village Knowledge Centre being implemented by the 'Food Security' project of Caritas Sed Galle.