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Sri Lanka: USAID helps Anuradhapura farmers

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The U.S Agency for International Development (USAID) has developed new markets for farmers in Kebithigollawa, Anuradhapura District to sell their produce, raising incomes for farmers and creating new long-term partnerships with Sri Lankan food companies.

USAID rehabilitated the Ulpatha Fruit and Vegetable Collection Center, creating a central collection location for Kebithigollawa area farmers.

The Centre is the first of its kind in the area, benefiting not only the participating farmers, but also the 3000 members of the Kebithigollawa Integrated Rural Development Organization (KIRDO) through increased revenues and training.

USAID also linked local farmers with John Keells Supermarkets and Plenty Foods, providing technical training to prepare 200 farmers to sell directly to the companies.

These new relationships have given farmers a stable market for their products at higher prices and have increased their incomes.