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Pumpkin Festival kicks off today

The humble pumpkin is in the news once again due to the bumper crop which has resulted in farmers struggling to get reasonable price for their produce. In pumpkin growing districts in the country such as Ampara, Anuradhapura, Moneragala as well as the northern districts where pumpkin grows in abundance during this time of the year, farmers have been hard hit by falling prices that some are opting to give away their produce free of charge than let them rot and go waste.

It is the stories of such farmers that has inspired a group of forward-thinking persons led by the Chairman, Coexist Foundation Channa de Silva to come up with a novel concept that would put pumpkin farmers at center stage and awaken people to the true benefits of the humble pumpkin.

This will be by way of the Pumpkin Farmers Festival which will be held on 22 February (Friday) along Green Path (Ananda Coomaraswamy Mawatha) from 9 a.m. to 9p.m.

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