Sunday, February 22, 2009

Sanath Jayasuriya to promote agri biz in Sri Lanka

Sanath Jayasuriya is known the world over and throughout Sri Lanka for his exploits in the cricket field. However a little known fact about the world renowned super star is his passion for nature and particularly agriculture.

It will be a surprise to many that the simple, down to earth cricketer is in fact an agriculturalist, to be more specific, he is also a paddy farmer. Like thousands of Sri Lankans Sanath Jayasuriya is also into rice farming.

He owns a 45 perch land in close proximity to his residence at Boralesgamuwa and has successfully cultivated rice. "I bought this plot of land some time back as I thought of doing some paddy cultivation. Today I am very happy that I have successfully cultivated paddy and in fact I hope to harvest it before the end of this month", said a delighted Jayasuriya.

When asked if he has plans to continue with cultivation the Lankan superstar had no hesitation saying, “Yes, Why not, I hope to do it in a better way during the next Maha season. I am also looking to increase the extent".

However the record breaking batsman said that he is only looking at cultivating in and around the Borelesgamuwa area as that will also help him to get involved more. "When it is close to my home I can spend some time as well", said Jayasuriya who like many cricket idols has a very busy schedule.

According to Jayasuriya since he began cultivating this season most of the people around his field has begun cultivating paddy. In fact it was only last week that CIC Agribusinesses, a leading Agribusiness company signed -up Sanath Jayasuriya as their Brand Ambassador. Reacting to the news that Sanath Jayasuriya is into paddy cultivation the Director HR and Corporate Affairs at CIC Agri Businesses Marlon Fernadopulle said, "We are extremely delighted at the news that our brand Ambassador Sanath Jayasuriya is involved in rice farming. The fact that a world super star is directly into farming is a big boost to us at CIC Agribusinesses and also to our country".

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