Agriculture Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage
Agriculture Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage states that whatever challenge it may be, arduous task of building the country will be overcome with the use of eco-friendly fertilizer. The Minister at a special Media Briefing held at the Ministry today explained matters relating to distribution of organic fertilizer and related issues.
“We overcome the challenge of producing organic fertilizer requirement of the country utilizing local raw material and technology. Don’t think of this matter in terms of traditional normal compost production. Organic fertilizer produced with the use of modern technology in due standard contains all plant nutrient ingredients. In consideration of facilities available within the country for production of organic fertilizer, we would not to resort to importation in the future the matter of which we are discussing at present. We have taken action to register all local organic fertilizer producers at Agrarian Services Centre Level from next Monday and all organic fertilizer production in due standard will be purchased through State Fertilizer Companies. Not a single cent will be reduced from subsidized payments being made at present. From coming Maha season all farmers who received chemical fertilizer will be provided with organic fertilizer. JVP MP Vijitha Herath has charged that we are going to import garbage and not organic fertilizer. I would like to tell him that perhaps importation of organic fertilizer will not be necessary .However if it is needed the importation of shortage at the beginning, we are going to buy only high quality production recommended by a Technical Evaluation Committee to be appointed consisting of experts on this subject. We are telling farmers not to be misled by false propaganda campaign led by the JVP. We assure the farming community the supply of high quality organic fertilizer even if they are imported or locally produced.
Professor (Mr) Priyantha Yapa, Agriculture Faculty of University of Sabaragamuwa who joined the media briefing explained damage caused to the human life and the environment due to continuous use of chemical fertilizer over of period of 57 years since 1965. He explained that the effort of the present government is to build healthy nation through the use of organic fertilizer as mentioned in the Saubagyaye Dekma of His Excellency the President in which he clearly pointed out the urgent necessity of the use of organic fertilizer in agriculture to build healthy and productive community of citizen.