Sri Lanka launches organic fertilizer production pilot project in Mahaweli zone
Sri Lankan authorities have officially launched a manufacturing centre in the Mahaweli L Zone in Weli Oya recently. The move was initiated as part of the national programme to manufacture organic fertilizer under the directive of Sri Lanka’s President Gotabaya Rajapaksa
The centre was reportedly opened under the patronage of Sri Lanka’s State Minister of Mahaweli Zone Canals and Common Settlement Infrastructure Development Siripala Gamalath.
According to reports, the organic fertilizer requirement of the farmers in the Mahaweli L Zone is expected to be produced in this centre at Helambawewa in Weli Oya. Sri Lanka Army and Civil Defence Force are assisting the centre.
It is expected to manufacture 1.4 million metric tons of organic fertilizer in the organic fertilizer manufacturing centres to be set up soon at Mahaweli Zonal level.
Organic Fertilizer Manufacturing Centre at Helambawewa, Siripala Gamalath has been quoted as saying that a broad programme is being carried out to give maximum support to achieve the goal of manufacturing organic fertilizer.
Prolonged use of chemical fertilizer has destroyed the natural richness of our soil. That has forced our people to eat poisonous food thereby creating an ailing society, Gamalath has stated.
According to him, the country has lost a huge sum of foreign exchange due to the import of chemical fertilizer.
Therefore, preparing farmers to use organic fertilizer would secure the country economically as well as hygienically, the State Minister has added.
Sri Lanka’s shift to organic fertilizer has created a need for the fast increase in the production capacity of organic fertilizer in the country. The urgent need to meet the country’s demand for organic fertilizer has made the sector a fast expanding business/investment opportunity. Foreign businesses/investors could therefore explore business/investment opportunities in Sri Lanka’s agriculture sector. There is also a growing need for new varieties of seeds that could yield lucrative crops, which is another growing opportunity in Sri Lanka’s agriculture sector.
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