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First-ever Agricultural Trade Exhibition in Trincomalee

The National Agribusiness Council (NAC) is supporting the national drive to increase food production in Sri Lanka by organizing the first ever Ag-Biz East Agricultural Trade Exhibition in Trincomalee in July 2010.

Ag-Biz East aims to provide opportunities to showcase national agribusiness in eastern Sri Lanka and create a platform for stakeholders of agricultural supply chains to meet and create value for the farming community. Approximately 7% of Sri Lanka's agriculture land is in the Eastern province including 25% of the country's paddy land. Around 31% of the labour force in Ampara, Batticaloa and Trincomalee is involved in agriculture.

At a press conference this week to announce the launch of Ag-Biz East and the 5th Ag-Biz Trade Exhibition to take place in August 2010, Chairman of the National Agribusiness Council Asoka Gopallawa said the trade exhibition may also be held in Wanni and the Northern province in the near future.

Ag-Biz East is also being organized by the USAID funded CORE Project and is endorsed by the Provincial Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Production and Development, Rural Industries Development and Fisheries under the Eastern Provincial Council. The trade exhibition will be held under the theme 'Reawakening East'.

The Ag-Biz 2010 trade exhibition to be held at the BMICH in August will consist of over 100 industry related stalls covering areas such as foreign and local suppliers of seeds and nursery requirements, fertilizer, agro chemicals, organic inputs, alternat energy suppliers and machinery amongst others. (NG)

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