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BMICH Model Farm

BMICH, Bauddhaloka Mawatha, Colombo 07


There's a farm in the Bandaranaika Memorial International Conference Hall grounds. I know that sounds odd as the BMICH is the nation's principal conference center and located in the center of Colombo, so not really what you'd think of an as agricultural spot, but nevertheless someone has installed rows of fruit trees, vegetable plots and even a cattle shed with a few cows in it.



The cattle are lowing... at the BMICH

There's a farm in the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall grounds. I know that sounds odd as the BMICH is the nation's principal conference center and located in the center of Colombo, so not really what you'd think of an as agricultural spot, but nevertheless someone has installed rows of fruit trees, vegetable plots and even a cattle shed with a few cows in it.

At first I suspected some particularly bold squatters banking on government negligence to allow them to claim squatter's rights before anyone noticed or complained. Then we noticed the CIC (Chemical/Agricultural company) signs.

The mango trees, tomato vines, pomegranates etc are apparently a model farm which serves to demonstrate just what productive use Sri Lankans can make of their fertile earth. It's actually quite impressive - there's just so much growing in, at most, half an acre of land that you'll feel like establishing a small plantation in your front garden.

More than any agricultural experimentation, it's a lovely and slightly surreal space - this little farm in the corner of the BMICH. Even during the bustle of the book fair you just need to wander through the orchids, anthuriums and aubergines and you'll suddenly feel like your ways away from central Colombo. Just pat one of the the cows in the cattle shed on the head for instant bucolic bliss.

Wonderful and typically Sri Lankan in its quirkiness - a farm in the middle of a conference compound. Do check this out the next time your in the BMICH grounds.

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It's to the east of the main building. If you're approaching from the front, you go left in front of the main building and go round past the Sarana Road exit.
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There's a farm in the Bandaranaika Memorial International Conference Hall grounds. I know that sounds odd as the BMICH is the nation's principal conference center and located in the center of Colombo, so not really what you'd think of an as agricultural spot, but nevertheless someone has installed rows of fruit trees, vegetable plots and even a cattle shed with a few cows in it.

සිංහල හරකුන්ගේ උම්බෑ හඬක් බංඩාැරනායක සම්මන්ත්‍රණ ශාලාව අසලින් ඇසුණා. එය ලංකාවේ ප්‍රධාන සම්මේලන මධ්‍යස්ථානය. පිහිටලා තිබෙන්නේත් කොළඹ නගරය මැද. කෘෂිකාර්මික ස්ථානයක් නෙවෙයි. එහි ආදර්ශ ගොවිපළක් තිබෙනවා. අඹ, තක්කාලි, දෙළුම් ආදී පළතුරු ගස් හා වම්බටු බංඩක්කා වැනි එළවළු පැළත් ඕකීඩ්, ඇන්තූරියම් වැනි මල් පඳුරුත් පේළි පේළි තිබෙනවා. ගවමඩුවකුත් තිබෙනවා, ඇත්තම එළදෙනුනුත් එක්ක.

தமிழ் பண்டாரநாயக்க ஞாபகார்த்த சர்வதேச மாநாட்டு மண்டபத்தில் நாம் சொல்லப்போகும் பண்ணை அமைந்திருக்கின்றது. கொழும்பின் இதயத்தில் அமைந்துள்ள; நாட்டின் ஒரேயொரு சர்வதேச மாநாட்டு மண்டபத்தில் மாதிரி பண்ணை என்றதும் உங்களுக்கு அது விசித்திரமாக தோன்றலாம். நீங்கள் நினைப்பதுபோல் அது பெரியதொரு பண்ணையாக இல்லாவிட்டாலும் வரி வரியாக பழ மரங்களும் மரக்கறி பாத்திகளும் வேளாண்மை நிலமும் அதன் நடுவே ஒரு சின்ன தாமரை குளமும் சில மாடுகளை கொண்ட கொட்டிலும் கொண்ட ஒரு சிறிய பண்ணை அது!

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