Saturday, December 29, 2007

CIDA visits Centre for Gender Studies [Daily News]

Daily News (page 4) - Wednesday 27 December 2007
CIDA representatives, accompanied by the First Secretary to the Canadian High Commission Calvin R Piggot, visited the Centre for Gender Studies housed in the South Eastern University of Sri Lanka at Oluvil to assess progress and look into future programmes. Here, Calvin R Piggot talks to students of the University while the CIDA Senior Developmemt Office Shahila Rodrigues and the Manager of the Centre for Gender Studies Dr. Anuzsiya Senathirajah (right) looking on. CIDA Development Officer HRM Shibly, CASP Director Hugh Fernando, and CASP Ampara Manager Ifthi Mirzaa were present.

Picture by MA Phakurdeen, Addalaichenai group correspondent

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Friday, December 28, 2007

Top spot for potato cultivation

Daily News (page 4) - December 28 2007
Potato cultivation has been given a place of pride in CASP's (Canadian Agro-Sustainability Partnership) development activities envisaged for Ampara district this year and all arrangements in these connections are ready.

On the advice of CASP's president Douglas MacArthur and the support given by CIDA CASP's Potato Specialist M.I.M. Nazeer has undertaken this project in Alayadivembu, Wangamam, Padiyathalawa, Safa Nagar, Kudtjvil, Samanthurai, Barakath Nagar and Wehetagama covering all three communities and it is a hive of activity at present. Potato Specialist Nazeer who was responsible for successful potato cultivation last year witnessed by Minister Ferial Ashraff has been visiting the Potato Cultivators and providing them with all assistance and giving them the technical know how.

The Canadian Agro Sustainability partnership is the lead organization to mobilize and co-ordinate Canadian interests and expertise in International sustainable agriculture. CASP is headquartered in Prince Edward Island and its founding members are PEI in its Institutional Organizations are active in International Agriculture. Other leading agricultural organisations of Canada are also members of CASP. It is also informed that CASP also focuses on Agricultural Development needs, opportunities including cropping systems, aquaculture, agro-process, food safety, agro forestry and related educational and environmental co-considerations.

Caption: Potato cultivation has once again been given a pride of place in CASP's (Canadian Agro Sustainability Partnership) programme envisaged in Ampara District. Here, CASP's Potato Specialist M.I. Nazeer (left) is giving instructions to the cultivators who are willingly engaged in this Project in Wangamam in Irrakkamam DS Division. CASP's Amapra Manager I.R. Mirzaa and Ampara District Forest Officer M.A.I. Suhood were also present.

Picture by MA Phakurdeen, Addalaichenai group correspondent

Monday, December 24, 2007

CASP delivers Master Plan draft to Minister Ashraff [Thinakaran]

Thinakaran Tamil Daily - Friday 21 December 2007
Canadian Agro-Sustainability Partnership (CASP) has prepared a Master Plan while staying in Ampara District for more than a year. The Master Plan was prepared with the assistance of 17 Ministries, including Agriculture, Potato Cultivation, Fisheries, Health, Housing, Kalmunai Town Development, Vocational Training of Youth, Eduction, Road Development, and Technology, and will play a major role in developing this District. Above, the Master Plan is being handed over by CASP Project Co-Director David Boyceto the Minister of Housing and Common Amenities Ferial Ashraff.

Also present are the Ministry Secretary W.T. Ganagala (left), CIDA (Canadian International Development Agency) representative and First Secretary to the Canadian High Commission Calvin Piggot (right), and Advisor to the Minister S. Lebbe (centre).

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Thursday, December 20, 2007

Master Plan handed over [Rupavahini/ITN]

Rupavahini/ITN - Tuesday 18 December 2007
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Sri Lanka national television news broadcast covering the handing over of CASP's Master Plan to Minister Ferial Ashraff.

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Monday, December 10, 2007

Potato Cultivation continues [Thinakaran]

Thinakaran Tamil Daily - Saturday 8 December 2007
Potato Cultivation has been given a pride of place in CASP's (Canadian Agro-Sustainability Partnership) development activities for Ampara District this year, with further arrangements already afoot.

On the advice of CASP President Dougalas MacArthur and with the support given
by CIDA, Potato Specialist MIM Nazeer has undertaken potato projects in Alayadivembu, Wangamam, Padiyathalawa, Safa Nagar, Kuduvil, Samnmanthurai, Barakath Nagar, and Weheragama which cover all three communities and a hive of activity is going on at present. Potato Specialist Nazeer, who was responsible for the successful potato cultivation last year witnessed by Minister Fariel Ashraff, has been visiting the potato cultivators and has been providing them with special assistance and technical know-how.

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