Commercial Bank’s Achchuveli branch and the Bank’s Development Credit Department (DCD), recently conducted a seminar in collaboration with the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, for 162 micro entrepreneurs in the Achchuveli area, one of the major centres of agriculture in the Jaffna peninsula.
The programme included discussions on technical aspects related to vegetable cultivation, post-harvest techniques and financial literacy, and was conducted in an ‘open forum’ fashion allowing free interaction between the presenters and the participants.
The main presentation on financial literacy was made by Mr.B.Sivatheepan, the Northern Regional Manager of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka. Presentations on challenges and remedies in the agriculture sector by Mr.S.Sivanesan, retired Assistant Director of the Agriculture Department and on the products and services offered by Commercial Bank by Mr.T.Thuvarakan, an officer of the Bank’s Agriculture and Micro finance Unit were part of the programme.
The Chief Guest, Mr. R. Sivagnanam, Regional Manager North of Commercial Bank said he appreciated the effort taken by the Development Credit Department and Bank’s Achchuveli branch to make the event fruitful.
The seminar participants included members of Farmer’s Societies in Achchuveli, Idaikkadu, Neervely, Puttur, Achchelu and Navakiri.
These programmes are supported by the bank’s 16 Agriculture & Micro finance Units which play a key role in helping the Bank to identify specific needs of people who require assistance to develop either their agriculture activities or micro businesses, and are dedicated to promote agriculture lending and micro finance.
Commercial Bank’s Agriculture & Micro finance Units are located in Ratnapura, Narammala, Kandy, Anuradhapura, Kilinochchi, Bandarawela, Wellawaya, Hingurakgoda, Galewela, Achchuveli, Vavuniya, Kattankudy, Tissamaharama, Neluwa,Pottuvil and Akkaraipattu.