The Director General of the IRRI Dr. Matthew Morell made these remarks when he and his delegation met with President MaithripalaSirisena at the Presidents Official Residence in Colombo, yesterday (19).
During this meeting he emphasized the importance of being self-sufficientto meet the demand forrice consumption nationallywith the climatic changes faced by the countries in the region.
The Director General said that their institutionis keen to work with the Department of Agriculture to increase the quality of rice production in Sri Lanka and to provide technical assistance to reduce post-harvest losses. He also said that it is expected to introduce new techniques to promote the value addition of rice.
Expressing his views President Sirisenasaid that the countrys rice production has been affected due to climatic changes that were experienced in the recent past.
The President said that the objective of the Government is to transform Sri Lanka into a self-sufficient nation while facing such challenges and further said that it is expected to exchange the new technical knowledge and experiences with the other countries in the region.
The President extended his gratitude to the Director General of the International Rice Research Institute for visiting Sri Lanka and said that he wish to visit the IRRI in Philippines in the near future.