No change in Organic Fertilizer policy | Daily News

No change in Organic Fertilizer policy

Chemical Fertilizer imports not permitted

Imports allowed for some plant nutrients

Hydroponics and floriculture encouraged

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa categorically stated yesterday that the Government has not granted permission to import chemical fertilizers for local agricultural purposes.

“There is no change in the decision taken by the President to use only organic fertilizers for local agriculture and there will not be any changes to this decision in the future as well,” a news release from the President’s Media Division said.

The Cabinet has granted approval to the proposal made by Minister of Agriculture Mahindananda Aluthgamage on May 31, 2021, to import plant nutrients which include natural chelated minerals and micro matter.

As the above natural chelated minerals and micro matter were already being imported under the HS Code, but currently prohibited by the Gazette Notification No. 2226/48, and in order to grant cabinet approval to the aforesaid Cabinet Paper submitted by the Minister of Agriculture, the Gazette Notification No. 2226/48 was amended.

Therefore, in accordance with the Imports and Exports (Control) Regulations No. 11 of 2021 issued by the Minister of Finance on the 30th July 2021, only the following types of specialized fertilizers are allowed to be imported through the Department of Agriculture and other relevant institutions under a special licensing system. Only the organic fertilizers which are up to the International Organic Fertilizer Standards will be allowed for local agricultural purposes.

According to the census conducted by the Department of Agriculture, Department of National Botanic Gardens and other relevant Government institutions, licenses have been issued for a period of six months under the direct supervision to the institutions registered for protected agriculture in greenhouses and for hydroponics, aeroponics and floriculture to import nitrogen minerals or chemical fertilizers and chelated minerals and nutrients.

The above licenses also permit packets of compound fertilizers containing the three plant nutrients, namely mineral or chemical nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium, or capsules containing a mixture of two of them or packets weighing 10 Kg or less containing such products.

All these fertilizers are allowed to be imported only by the relevant agencies as per the requirements or under special licenses issued only for limited quantities to suit those requirements.

In addition, nitrogen extracts (organic) and mineral potassium can be imported, which are not classified as chemical fertilizers.

“The Government must ensure the right of the people to a non - toxic diet to produce a healthy and productive citizenry.

The production of organic fertilizers should be accelerated to use only organic fertilizer for agriculture in Sri Lanka in the next decade,” is the pledge made in the National Police Framework ‘Vistas of Prosperity and Splendour.’

 


 


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