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Sri Lanka’s President directs new initiatives to promote organic fertilizer

Sri Lanka’s President directs new initiatives to promote organic fertilizer

Sri Lanka’s President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has reportedly directed new initiatives to boost the production and application of organic fertilizer in the country as part of realising the self-imposed challenge of making Sri Lanka the first country in the world to go chemical-free in farming.
According to reports, the President has advised officials to study the machinery required to produce organic fertilizer and manufacture machines that could be built locally with the assistance of the Army Engineers Corps at State-owned factories and import the rest.
These instructions had been issued at a discussion held at the Presidential Secretariat on the production of organic fertilizer.
While special attention was paid to the production of fertilizer at local government level, the President has further explained the need to impart technical knowledge to these institutions.

The raw material required for the production of organic fertilizer can be conveniently obtained from the rural environment itself, local media reports have stated.
According to the President, this move would preserve the cleanliness and splendour of the village and at the same time a brand new rural economy network could be built with the assistance of the Samurdhi beneficiaries.
A statement from President’s Media Office has reportedly stated that challenges may arise when implementing this programme, but in accordance with the National Policy Framework ‘Vistas of Prosperity and Splendour,’ the right of the people to a non-toxic diet must be guaranteed to raise a healthy and efficient citizenry.
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka’s Minister of Agriculture Mahindananda Aluthgamage has said at the discussion that the full quantity of organic fertilizer required for this purpose was expected to be produced locally and in case of any shortage, the required shortfall would be imported and stored by the Sri Lankan government.

OSL take:

Sri Lanka’s move to transform the country’s agriculture sector to one based on organic fertilizer has opened up new business opportunities. The government of Sri Lanka is focused on locally producing its organic fertilizer requirement while looking at importing the shortfall in stocks. The country’s agriculture sector is committed to upgrading and developing the industry to be on par with the latest global developments as well as increasing productivity. Given the expansion of Sri Lanka’s agriculture sector, foreign businesses/investors could explore business/investment opportunities in the respective industry.

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