Sri Lankan government looks at promoting sustainable agriculture through innovation
Sri Lanka’s Minister of Agriculture Mahindananda Aluthgamage addressing the 35th Session of the FAO Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific (APRC) has reportedly noted the importance of promoting sustainable agriculture through innovation including digital agriculture solutions.
The Minister has pointed out that the access and dissemination of latest technologies and innovations was imperative to improve the productivity of the agriculture sector.
Building resilient food systems, and increasing the adaptation capacity in the agriculture sector towards climate change while promoting the wise use of natural resources are also essential, the Minister has been quoted as saying.
Aluthgamage, who headed the Sri Lankan delegation in the APRC, has welcomed the strong partnership between Sri Lanka and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).
Meanwhile, the Sri Lankan delegation has reportedly drawn attention to the present concerns in the agriculture sector such as poor profit margin for smallholder farmers, non-availability of a proper insurance scheme for growers, the lack of improved agrochemical management and the inability to predict seasonal forecasts.
The priority status given to Sri Lanka’s agriculture sector by the government of Sri Lanka has opened up new business/ investment opportunities in the sector. Authorities are looking at developing the agriculture sector as a sustainable field with new innovations. Therefore, foreign businesses/investors could explore growing opportunities in Sri Lanka’s agriculture sector.
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