By Dinasena Rathugamage
The Government of India has offered assistance and technical advice for the cultivation of grapes and mangoes grown in various parts of the world in the Northern Province.
Deputy High Commissioner of India in Jaffna S. Balachandran visited the Agricultural Research Center in Kilinochchi and discussed the matter with its Director Dr. M. Arakesari.
Indian agronomists have pointed out that thoughmangoes are cultivated in the North, including Jaffna and Kilinochchi, since time immemorial only a few varieties of mangoes have been cultivated in these areas.
India hopes to encourage farmers in Jaffna to cultivate high quality varieties of grapes grown in other parts of the world as only one variety of grapes has been grown in Jaffna for many years.