In a bold step towards fostering sustainable agricultural practices and uplifting farming communities, Sarvodaya Development Finance PLC (SDF) has commenced its “Araliya Paddy Seeds” distribution project. The core objective of this initiative is to contribute significantly to the economic development of the targeted areas while simultaneously boosting the production of essential food items, in a bid to support the national drive towards food self-sufficiency.
With a primary focus on districts such as Ampara, Polonnaruwa, and Anuradhapura, the company aims to enhance agricultural productivity, ensuring better yields for the dedicated farmers in these regions. Through the distribution of high-quality paddy seeds, the company endeavours to empower farmers and create a positive impact on their livelihoods.
In addition to seed distribution, SDF is actively promoting organic farming and home gardening practices to ensure both food security and safety, under this programme. The company’s comprehensive approach includes financial assistance schemes, encouraging farmers to adopt sustainable and environmentally-friendly cultivation methods.
Chief Executive Officer, Nilantha Jayanetti, expressed SDF’s commitment to holistic development financing activities stating, “Our focus on providing quality seeds reflects our dedication supporting to the backbone of our nation – our hardworking farmers. By empowering them with the tools for success, we not only enhance agricultural productivity but also contribute to the overall economic prosperity of the regions we serve. This ties in with our broader ethos of ‘awakening of all’ which guides our development financing efforts, through a holistic approach to development finance, where community upliftment and social support play a key role. Our goal is to support productivity and productive enterprise, with a focus on sustainability, pushing towards a future that promises greater prosperity all.”
As the country approaches the ‘Maha Season’, SDF remains particularly focused on assisting farmers in Ampara, Polonnaruwa, and Anuradhapura districts by providing them with the best quality paddy seeds, with over 18 tonnes of certified paddy seeds having already been distributed. Furthermore, this assistance, coupled with financial assistance schemes, is poised to empower farmers to achieve better yields, thus elevating their income levels, and contributing to the development of these crucial communities in key agricultural regions of the Island. Working together, SDF and the farming communities it serves are forging a new path towards sustainable agriculture and shared prosperity that will benefit all Sri Lankans.