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The Army Farm Kandakadu

LOCATION OF THE ARMY FARM KANDAKADU

The Army farm Kandakadu is situated 277 km away from Colombo at Welikanda Divisional Secretary Division of Polonnaruwa district in the North Central province closer to historical Buddhist temple known as Somawathiya

GOOGLE MAP OF THE ARMY FARM KANDAKADU


HISTORY OF THE FARM

  • Started in1950,under the guidance of Hon Prime minister Mr. DS Senanayake with the assistance of Mr. Anchor from England
  • Total acrage was 11,436 and it was managed by Dept of Agriculture
  • Peak production period was late 1960’s and the capacity was 14,000 animals
  • In 1984 First terrorist attack was occurred & 04 x Farm workers were killed
  • Subsequently LTTE attacks were increased
  • In 1992 Farm was shifted to Gallella and management was shifted to National Livestock Development Board.
  • After shifting the farm, buildings machines and equipments were abandoned and some were destroyed & some were removed by LTTE
  • After liberation of North and East, Commander of the Army ordered SLAGSC to restart the farm
  • Kandakadu Regimental farm was started on 07th October 2009
  • The farm was declared as a military farm from 01st May 2012 by an Army routing order ARO 61/2012 & dated 28th August 2012

DETAILS OF THE FARM

1. Extent (Ac) - Total     - 3503
    - Cultivated  - 296.28
2. Date of Commencement - 07th October 2009
3. Agricultural Activities - Cultivation of Vegetables, Fruits, Paddy, Rubber & Animal husbandry
4. Funding arrangements - Started with  Regimental funds, and continued with farm income
5. Tps Commitment - Army - 5 x 100
    - Mil Civilians - 0 x 187
          5 x 287

PRESENT STATUS OF THE FARM

  • Farm A - Vegetable cultivation & admin area
  • Farm B - Banana project
  • Farm C - Paddy field
  • Farm D - Livestock project
  • Farm E - Joint venture with Ministry of Agriculture (long term and short term crops)
  • Farm F - Cashew plantation
  • Culture of Spirulina algae.
  • Ornamental fish project

Farm A

Vegetable Cultivation





BUSHITA


AMBERALLA



LUFFA



KANKUNG



CABAGE




BITTER GOURD



OKRA



Orange



Mango


KEKIRI


Farm B Banana Project

BANANA PROJECT

  • Extent : 15 Acres
  • Variety : Cavendish
  • No of Plants : 15,000
  • 12 Acres of Rubber intercrop with Banana / pine apple


BANANA






PROCESSING FOR MARKETING


PINE APPLE INTER CROP WITH RUBBER


SUGARCANE PILOT PROJECT




PLANTING OF SUGARCANE


SUGARCANE CULTIVATION

Farm C Paddy Field

PADDY FIELD

» EXTENT : 100 Acres    
» VARIETY : Traditional Rice - 30 acres  
    : Improved varieties - 70 acres  
» NO OF SEASONS : 02 (Yala & Maha)

LAND PREPARATION


ROW SEEDING BY THE PADDY SEEDER


SEEDLING STAGE





SEEDLING STAGE


HARVESTING STAGE


HARVESTING


HARVESTING


HARVESTING


STORING OF PADDY





CONSTRUCTION OF ISURU WEWA TANK


ISURU WEWA 5 - WATER SOURCE FOR PADDY FIELDS


ISURU WEWA 5 - WATER SOURCE FOR PADDY FIELDS

FARM D LIVESTOCK PROJECT


COMPOSITION

  • Neat Cattle
  • Buffalo
  • Goat
  • Layers
  • Ornamental Fish
  • Breeder Farm
  • Milk Processing Unit

Neat Cattle

S/No  Breeds  1st Calving  Calving Interval 
1 AFS  3  - 3 ½  years  1 – 1 ½  year 
2 Jersy x Sahival  3 – 3 ½  years  1 – 1 ½  year 
3 Sahival  cross  3  - 3 ½  years  1 – 1 ½  year 

Average milk production per day :- 115 – 120 ltrs
Average milk production per head :- 6 – 8 ltrs

S/No  Pasture  Fodder  Legumes 
1 Bracheria  mutica  CO 3  Gliricidea 
2 Barcheria ruziencis  CO 4  Ipil ipil 
3 Bracheria brizantha  Maize fodder  Sun heamp 
4   Sorgham   


CALVES


GRAZING


CATTLE HERD


GRAZING

AGRO ECOLOGICAL STATUS

» Agro  Ecological  Zone - Low  Country  Dry  Zone
» Annual  Rain  Fall - Less  than  1000  mm
» Rain  Fall  Pattern - Inter Monsoon  (March  to  May)
      North – East Monsoon (November  to  January)  
» Weather Condition - Hot & Dry
» Avg. Temperature - 33o C
» Avg. Relative Humidity   75%
» Soil Types - Reddish  Brown  Earth, Non  Calcic  Brown  Soil, Low  Humic  Gray  Soil, Aluvial  Soil
» Terrain - Undulating