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Chemical fertilizer imports by private sector allowed

Subsidies for farmers engaged in organic farming

Agriculture Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage said approval will be granted to the private sector to import chemical fertilizer, weedicides and pesticides from yesterday. Speaking at the weekly Cabinet media briefing held yesterday at the Government Information Department, the Minister said the Gazette Notification issued on April 26 has been revoked.

 President Gotabaya Rajapaksa submitted a proposal seeking the approval of the Cabinet of Ministers to introduce green agriculture to Sri Lanka on April 26, and according to that, the importation of chemical fertilizer, weedicides, and pesticides was banned and the relevant Gazette notification was also issued.

As a government, we have to listen to the requests of the public and the farmers. So we have decided to allow private sector companies to import and sell chemical fertilizers. Accordingly, chemical fertilizer can be obtained from the open market.

The Minister stressed that the government’s policy towards green agriculture remains unchanged and he pledged to ensure fertilizer subsidies, concessions, provision of seeds, a control price, the technology, and the market towards achieving this goal.

Farmers who add chemical fertilizer will not be received a fertilizer subsidy of the government and a special mechanism will be implemented to regulate organic farming.

 


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