Project Proposals

Plant Nursery Project

Plant Nursery Project
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COST OF PROJECT (U$ 1= LKR 142) *Capital Expenditure
A. Storm water drainage:
Year 1
B. Rain Shelter with sprinkler irrigation:
Year 1-
C. Sprinkler Irrigation for open beds:
Year 2*
D. Fencing:
Year 2*
E. Fish Pond (Ornamental fish breeding):
Year 2/3*
* To be carried out as sub projects
Planting/potting material-
Year 2/3
Personnel- Nurseryman-**
Year 2/3
** To be met partly with society funds


Mahanuwara Lamarakshaka Bauddha Samithiya (MLBS) is a non-governmental childcare society in Kandy established in 1977 to care for disadvantaged children in the Central Province. It is registered with the state Probation and Child Care department. The society is a charitable organization with the government of Sri Lanka under section 9a of the Income Tax Act No,28 of 1979. The society has established the Singithi Sevana children's home.

This home is residence to around 35 children, both boys and girls of the ages 3- 12 years and also retains some of the girls over 12 years to enable them to complete their education. The intake and giving out of children is entirely through the state department.

The overall management of the 'Singithi Sevana' is by the Executive Committee (21 members) and the day-to-day management is overseen by a Home Committee of 11 members. Members to these committees are elected annually by the general body of the MLBS. The Treasurer is responsible for the financial management and the society accounts are audited annually by an external auditing firm approved at the Annual General Meeting.

The institute is maintained by funds and material gifted by the public and a small annual maintenance grant by the government. The paid staff managing the Home comprises a Matron, 4-5 dormitory assistants, a cook, a caretaker, non-resident office assistant and two preschool teachers. Labourers are employed on a casual basis.

The children attend state schools but many of these children are not academically inclined towards pursuing higher education. Hence need to be given vocational training skills to enable them to become financially independent. The proposed Project is one such attempt.


The objective of this project is to offer training in home gardening as an income generating life skill for school leavers, initially to those girls resident in the home and later to extend training for youth in the neighbourhood. Such a project will also create an interest in agriculture and home gardening amongst the young children in the home from an early age. Further, home garden produce would supplement their food.


'Singithi Sevana' is located on a land belonging to the Dalada Maligawa (Temple of the Tooth) taken on long- lease by the Society. The land has a low- lying area which has been cultivated previously, partly with paddy and other crops in an ad hoc manner. However, such cultivation was not profitable largely due to the fact that the land is marshy. In 2016 with the extension of the lease the society was asked to develop the low lying area. The society sought advice from the National Resource Management Centre (NRMC) of the Department of Agriculture on utilization of this land. The NRMC recommended cutting gradient drains for storm water drainage in order to make the land usable for agriculture and advised against building or filling as it was ecologically an important storm water drainage area. Technical advice on construction of the Rain Shelter was obtained from the Department of Agriculture.

The land earmarked for the project is about 0.274 acres or 11, 953 sq feet in extent bordering Dharmasoka Mawatha and Pitakanda road. This land is situated below the buildings of 'Singithi Sevana' (Figure 1). Home receives town supply of chlorinated piped water for household use and also has tapped a spring in the premises, which yields approx. 1000L/24 h). There is also a well with a pump in the land.


  • Construction of gradient drains: Dec. 2015 May 2016
    This work was initiated under the guidance of NRMC and work is expected to be completed by May 2016 weather permitting. NRMC will provide the expertise free of charge. This will be maintained as a demonstration/model site for proper land management. 8 5% of this work has been completed to date.

  • Establishment of a rain shelter with sprinkler irrigation, open air plant beds, fish pond and roadside sales point : Jan Dec 2017
    A part of the land will be used to establish a rain shelter with sprinkler irrigation. The area of this facility will be approximately (592 ft2). The construction has been completed using society funds.The balance land, except the area allocated to the fish pond, will be cultivated with vegetables. The low lying area will be used for leafy vegetables whereas the well drained area will be utilized for other vegetables that require well-drained conditions. The upper slopes of the remaining land will be used for spices such as pepper. High value vegetables and nursery plants will be cultivated in the rain shelter (greenhouse). Expertise of the Department of Agriculture, Extension and Training Division was sought to obtain estimate for a Rain Shelter with sprinkler irrigation system and this Division will continue to provide technical guidance in the establishment of the infrastructure and training of personnel. Design & BoQ is attached (Figure 2).
    The fish pond will be set up seeking appropriate expertise. It is expected to breed ornamental fish to be sold at the sales point.
    A roadside sales point will be developed to sell both nursery plants and vegetable and other produce of the project at a later date.


Capital Expenditure
A. Storm water drainage(85% completed)
Year 1
B. Rain Shelter with sprinkler irrigation
Structure constructed. Concrete benches required-
Year 1-
C. Sprinkler Irrigation for open beds
Year 2-
D. Fencing (385 ft perimeter fence)
Year 2-
E. Fish Pond
Year 2/3-

Recurrent expenditure for maintenance / Year

Activity Description
Year 1 Cost
in LKR
LKR 30,000/m
Planting, Potting & Crop management-weeding, harvesting greens & bundling for sale etc.
one labourer 3 days /week @ LKR.1200/day) food inclusive
Planting material
@Rs.50/plant, vegetable seeds and cuttings etc.
Fertilizer, manure
25 k bag @ Rs.160/= 50bags
Agriculture implements
Mammoties, rakes, wheel barrow ,pots etc
Water for agriculture
electricity cost pumping from well @1000/month


  • Provide vocational training for the school leavers.
  • The crop cultivation will provide a healthy environment for the children, create awareness to appreciate plant life at a young age and broaden their knowledge on agriculture and food crops. It will also instigate them into home gardening which will generate some items of food and income


  • Establish a sales point in the premises which will help in marketing produce as well as.
  • Provide vocational training for youth


A sub committee comprising society members with agricultural expertise with officers nominated from the Department of agriculture will be appointed to oversee and implement activities on project. The Manager Home, who is an office bearer of the society, would be in overall charge and report at the monthly executive Committee meeting. The project profits will be credited to a savings fund to generate interest for sustenance of the cultivation project to make it eventually a self financing activity.