The Goyamputhur Agricultural University in India had identified 200 varieties of Palmyra, planted them in their campus and preserving them. Likewise the University of Jaffna also should engage in identifying and classifying them, said the NPC Agriculture Minister P. Ainkaranesan.
The Minister was speaking at a Research Seminar on Palmyrah Development was held at the Auditorium of the Jaffna Library on the final day of the Palmyrah Development Week, presided by the Senior Lecturer, Dr.C.Vasantharupa .
Elaborating further he said, although, we commonly call them Palmyrah, there are several varieties, which show different characteristics, in the North. Short, high fruit yielding, high sweet toddy yielding, and high sweet toddy with high jiggery content yielding palmyras should be identified by researches.
The Jaffna University should engage in identifying, planting and preserving the Palmyrah at its Kilinochchi campus and Palmyrah Development Board and Palmyrah Research Centre should assist them in this venture, said the Minister.
Dr.S.Sivasuthan, Professor Meena Senthinanthanan, PDB Chaiman, K.Loganathan, and the Commissioner of Cooperative Development, Mathumathy Vasanthakumar also participated in this event.