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Sri Lanka's president to allow taking over of uncultivated private lands to address food shortages

President Maithripala Sirisena will issue a gazette allowing uncultivated private lands to be handed over to those that are willing to cultivate them, reports adaderena.lk.

Mr Sirisena said the government is taking the decisions to lift the island out of poverty and strengthen the production economy.

The president added that the move was part of the ‘Vaga Sangramaya’ program to increase food production by bringing drought affected lands to normal conditions.