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China Machinery Engineering Corporation Donates Equipment to the Sri Lanka’s Organic Agriculture Promotion Program

Release time:2020-02-12 Article source:AP-FOCUS Reading times: A+AA-

On the morning of February 11 local time, Kilde Asaki,Chief Incumbent of the most famous Gangaramaya Temple in Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo presided over the ceremony, praying for the novel coronavirus pneumonia patients in China while receiving the used equipment donated by China Machinery Engineering Corporation (CMEC) for training and agricultural programs.

Asaki said at the ceremony that they are grateful for and will never forget the long-term selfless assistance from the Chinese people to the Sri Lankan people. At the same time, they are very pleased to accept the donation of equipment from CMEC to the temple, which will be used at the temple’s labor skills training center and for the organic agriculture promotion program.

It is reported that the temple has begun to carry out social labor skills training as part of fulfilling social responsibilities since 1997. So far, it has trained about 650,000 workers and made its own efforts to improve the incomes of local people and help the government solve social problems.

The temple recently has launched a national organic agriculture promotion program and set up an organic agriculture demonstration farm which is expected to attract more than 2,000 farmers. The current main difficulty is lack of irrigation equipment, agricultural machinery and engineering equipment. The donations from CMEC can be called “timely help” and meet “pressing needs”, which reflects that Chinese companies in Sri Lanka value the fulfillment of social responsibilities.

Yang Wei, CMEC’s Site Manager of the Gampaha, Attanagalla & Minuwangoda Integrated Water Supply Scheme, said: In recent years, in response to President Xi Jinping’s “the Belt and Road Initiative”, Chinese companies have built many infrastructures and livelihood projects in Sri Lanka, contributing to the economic development of both countries. Sri Lanka’s Gampaha, Attanagalla & Minuwangoda Integrated Water Supply Scheme under construction by CMEC is a major livelihood project. And the organic agriculture program being prompted by Gangaramaya Temple nationwide could solve the livelihood problem for many Sri Lanka people. We are honored to have the opportunity to donate some used equipment, which can not only solve the current difficulties faced by the Sri Lanka people who participate in the program, but also reflect the social responsibility of CMEC in the country where the program is located and make a modest contribution to China-Sri Lanka friendship. We hope that this batch of equipment can be put into use as soon as possible to maximize its value and significance.

China and Sri Lanka have forged an enduring friendship dating back to ancient times. The Sri Lankan people have always stood shoulder to shoulder with the Chinese people. I believe that the difficulties we are facing will eventually be overcome and the Gampaha, Attanagalla & Minuwangoda Integrated Water Supply Scheme will move forward steadily with the support of the local government and local people to bring clean drinking water to the people of Sri Lanka.

Since the outbreak of the epidemic, people from all walks of life in Sri Lanka have expressed their firm support in different forms for China’s fight against the novel coronavirus pneumonia in recent days, praying for the patients and rooting for Wuhan and China!

Located in the heart of the capital Colombo, Gangaramaya Temple is the most famous local temple which attracts thousands of devotees go to pray and worship every day. On holidays, especially major Buddhist festivals, ordinary people, Buddhists and political leaders often come here to burn joss sticks and pray for safety. That is why it is called the “royal temple” of Colombo.

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