Sri Lankan agrarian system hailed in Rome

A Sri Lankan agrarian system, the ellanga gammana or Cascaded Tank-Village system in the Dry Zone, was designated as a Globally Important Agricultural Heritage System (GIAHS) by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

The Cascaded Tank-Village System was recognized at the International Forum and Award ceremony for new GIAHS sites in Rome, Italy.

FAO’s Deputy Director-General Maria Helena Semedo granted the GIAHS award to Sri Lanka on April 19 at the FAO headquarters in Rome. Agriculture Ministry Secretary B. Wijayaratne received the prestigious distinction on behalf of the country. Thirteen new agricultural heritage sites from China, Egypt, Japan, Republic of Korea, Mexico, Portugal, Spain and Sri Lanka were designated this year.

With the new sites, there is a total of 50 globally recognized agricultural heritage systems in 20 countries.


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