Hon.P.Harrison,Minister of agriculture, rural economic affairs, Livestock Development, Irrigation and fisheries and aquatic resources Accessing a meeting held on 18th January 2019 a District Agrarian Services office Anuradhapura started that is essential to conduct a special Investigation to ascertain.
The ill-effects of using chemicals for controlling the spread of fall Armyworm, particularly the impact of possible health problems faced by the people who consume harvest following the use of those Chemicals.
Speaking further the Hon. Minister requested the affected farmers to apply traditional pest controlling methods such as plant parts like “Kohomba” to eradicate the menace ins instead of resorting to the application of toxic ingredients which are harmful to the human health. The Minister is of the view
That paddy husk and soil solution can be used to control the Larva as has been done in other countries.
Already members of the Task Force university Students, research officers in the relevant field and a group of agriculture scientists have been deployed at field level to control the menace . Even hardly hit countries in America and Africa have not been able to find a suitable anti warm chemical to control this catastrophe . Therefore the Minister appeals to the people to make aware research officers in Peradeniya regarding any method they applied on controlling the warm .
The Minister further started that arrangements are being made to compensate the affected cultivations through agricultural and insurance board .
Assistant Agrarian Commissioner and District Agricultural officers also attended this occasion.