The Government of Canada extends support to Agriculture Cooperatives in Killinochchi through UNDP and FAONov 28, 2017
High Commissioner of Canada Visits UNDP-FAO supported Agro-Economic Development Project Sites in Kilinochchi
KILINOCHCHI, 28 November 2017: H.E David McKinnon, High Commissioner of Canada to Sri Lanka made an official visit to the Thirvalyaru Educated Youth Project of Agriculture Products Consumers Cooperative Society (TEYCS) in Kilinochchi, where he handed over the "Fruits Collection, Storage, Value Addition, Processing and Sales Centre" to the community.
Ms. Jennifer Hart, Counsellor, Political, Economic and Trade and the District Secretary of Kilinochchi were also present at the handing over of the Cooperative Society Centre, which was supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) under the Agro-Economic Development Project (ADP).
Funded by the Government of Canada, the joint UNDP-FAO intervention includes the construction of the facility, renovation of the milling unit, provision of machinery, tools and equipment, technical training on processing and value addition, business development support and facilitating market linkages.
The Cooperative Society was established in 1972 as a means of supporting the local economy in the Kilinochchi District in Sri Lanka’s Northern Province. The value addition Sales Centre will now ensure that over 1,240 farmers in Kilinochchi District will directly benefit from this intervention.
Thanking the Government of Canada, the District Secretary of Kilinochchi stated “This value addition center for locally produced agriculture products will support the community to go a long way in the future and to ensure sustainability in their livelihoods”.
Speaking at the event H.E David McKinnon, stated, “The Government of Canada is proud to support the work of UNDP and FAO as these projects play an important role in reconciliation and rehabilitation through the economic sustainability of the Northern Province. Canada is pleased to be able to support these efforts that have such a tangible effort on peoples' lives”.
The ADP is a three-year Project aimed at improving livelihood opportunities of the target communities in the North by supporting value-addition, establishing market linkages and private sector partnerships and creating an enabling environment for socio-economic recovery through the restoration of physical infrastructure and community institutions in the districts of Jaffna, Killinochchi and Mullaitivu in Sri Lanka.