AGRO PSYCHOSOCIAL by HC12090105140

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									  AGRO-PSYCHOSOCIAL PROGRAMME FOR TSUNAMI
    AFFECTED IN COASTAL, URBAN & SUBURBAN
              WESTERN SRI LANKA
         Dr. T. T. Ranasinghe, Director of Agriculture (Western Province)
  P.O. Box 1561, Colombo, Sri Lanka. Tel:- +94-11-2472360, Fax:- +94-11-2320303
                    E-mail:- thithura@sltnet.lk/ wpdiragr@sltnet.lk




            How Tsunami Seismic Waves intruded land through Kaluthara coast on
            26th December 2004. Source: “Digital Globe” Quickbird Images.

        The Western Province, Department of Agriculture launches agricultural and
psychologically based series of strategies to mitigate mental and physical drawbacks of
Tsunami victims. The series of actions aim to facilitate the process of self-development
of different individuals by become involved with agricultural activities for their long-
term benefits. The primary focus is placed to the coastal-belt starting from Bentota to
Negambo lagoon (i.e., Kaluthara, Colombo and Gampaha districts). However, these
attempts are not restricted to those areas but available to cater the needs of the province in
specific and the nation in general where they are appropriate. Our goal is to do the relief
actions in rehabilitation and reconstruction of economic, social and environment damages
caused by Tsunami disaster.

                          Two different damage sites of the Kaluthara District.
The Department invites Government, Non-Government (National and International),
Private and Community-Based Organizations and concerned individuals to coordinate
with us as appropriate please. You can make quarries to the above address please.

The following are ten fold attempts:

i) Training on small scale value-addition processes in food processing technology for
 additional fish harvests.




          Tailor-made training sessions can be organized at District Agricultural
          Training Centres (DATC) as well as locations as appropriate.

ii) Establishment of mushroom cultivations as leisure activity in homesteads for
psychological relief and additional income.

iii) Initiation of “Plant Protein Food Crop” cultivations in urban homesteads (Because
appeared tendency in reduced fish consumption levels on ethical issues).

Legume crops can be reintroduced according to dietary preferences of household members.
iv) Introduction of few food crop cultivations by means of “Living Structures” to utilize
the “Vertical Space” in land-restricted maisonettes to generate mental happiness and
fitness.




       Different types of agricultural techniques can be implemented in optimizing land
       & air space within this goal.

v) Expansion of home-gardening activities to establish proper mix of nutritious food
security and mental happiness.

vi) Advise on home management and make use of “Efficient Fire-Wood stove” in order
to reduce fire wood consumption of households.

vii) Providing access for “One Year – Vocational Agricultural Training (VAT)” course
for the youth who passed G.C.E. (O.L.).

               The course is designed to assist self-employment in agro-entrepreneurship
               and priority will be given for those who affected Tsunami.
viii) Directions for Small & Medium scale Agro-Entrepreneurship and career guidance
for sustainable development.

xi) Presentation of the “Family Business Garden (FBG)” concept and environmentally
sustainable actions for new urban housing constructions.




The Concept of
Family Business Garden
will pave the way to restart the life
after Tsunami with
agro-psycho relief.




x) Opening accesses to work with competent authorities who are responsible in creating
coastal “Urban Greener Environments” by integrating “Edible-Land Escapes” with
salinity resistance food crops/trees.

Damaged coastal-sites could be converted to appropriate landscapes with suitable natural, edible,
medicinal, forest or flower plants suited to different ecological situations.




Those who interested are cordially invited to take up! fix on !! join us !!!.

								
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