Social Implications of Changes in Agriculture in Hambantota District

  • John Harriss
Part of the Cambridge Commonwealth Series book series (CAMCOM)


In December 1953, the Government Agent for Hambantota reported on the working of the Paddy Lands Act of that year:

Two propaganda meetings for the purpose of seeking the co-operation of landowners and a peculiar creature which exists only in the Hambantota District known as ‘gambārayas’ … held at Tissa and Ambalantota. Both meetings were rather stormy and have only served to accentuate the gulf between the ‘haves’ and the ‘have-nots’… (Monthly Reports, 1953)


Green Revolution Monthly Report Paddy Cultivation Draught Animal Paddy Land 
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  1. The Diaries of the Assistant Government Agents (AGA,) of Hambantota District, from 1920 to 1942.Google Scholar
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© Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 1980

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