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 Central Bank Northern Regional Manager B. Sivatheepan. Presentations on challenges and remedies in the agriculture sector by S. Sivanesan, retired Assistant Director of the Agriculture Department and on the products and services offered by Commercial Bank by T. Thuvarakan, an officer of the bank’s Agriculture and Micro finance Unit were part of the programme. The Chief Guest, Commercial Bank Northern Regional Manager R. Sivagnanam said he appreciated the effort taken by the DCD 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 and Micro finance units which play a key role in helping the bank 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 and Micro finance units are located in Ratnapura, Narammala, Kandy, Anuradhapura, Kilinochchi, Bandarawela, Wellawaya, Hingurakgoda, Galewela, Achchuveli, Vavuniya, Kattankudy, Tissamaharama, Neluwa, Pottuvil and Akkaraipattu.