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Government striving to establish chemical free farming system – Minister Chamal

The Government is working to re-establish a farming system free of chemical fertilisers and pesticides despite all obstacles, Irrigation Minister Chamal Rajapaksa said.

He said that the Government will make direct and tough decisions in this regard. The Minister was participating in the National Programme to Cultivate Turmeric Islandwide in Medamulana recently as part of cultivating minor export crops on a large scale.

“Over the past years, foreign currency flowed out of the country when importing these crops. Today the people are receiving that money. The President has made a tough decision to stop importing chemical fertilisers and pesticides to the country. After 1960, we became dependent on imported fertilisers. Earlier, our farmers relied on local fertilisers and insecticides,” the Minister said.

“For about 40 years, we have relied on imported fertilisers and pesticides. As a result, the health of the people deteriorated. The President took into account all these factors before making the decision to stop importing fertilisers,” he said.

“There is some increase in the COVID-19 pandemic. This was largely due to the negligence of the people. Some in this country did not heed the Government's advice to restrict unwanted travel during the New Year,” the Minister said.

“Some people went on pilgrimage to Sri Pada. Now there are new clusters of COVID-19. For the New Year holiday, some came from Colombo to visit relatives in the villages. They had given COVID-19 as a New Year gift to their relatives. The COVID-19 Prevention Committee meets daily with the President to make decisions to control the pandamic. The best thing the people can do is to limit travel for at least two or three weeks and stay at homes," the Minister said.