96% of recent data of the Department of Agrarian Development relating to distribution of fertilizer are false – A survey reveals

At the sample testing carried at based on the data submitted by the Dept. of Agrarian services on the distribution of chemical fertilizer in the recent past, it has been proved that 96% of its data are inaccurate. This was revealed before the Minister of Agriculture Mahindananda Aluthgamage when he made an inspection tour of the Hector Kobbekaduwa Agrarian Research and Training Institute (HARTI) today (13).

The HARTI has informed the Minister that the survey report has been made available to the Department of Agrarian Service. The Minister speaking on the occasion stated that, according to finding of a survey conducted by Agriculture Faculty of the University of Peradeniya on the use fertilizer in Nuwara- eliya district , farmers in the district need not utilize fertilizer for their cultivation in the next two years and that survey report has not been published so far.

“Hector Kobbekaduwa Agrarian Research and Training Institution is currently performing its role towards the fulfilment of expectations of the Government. However it has so far not paid attention on the preparation of survey reports on a number of important aspects at the moment. Although people in many countries in the world prefer to consume fresh milk, people of our country are still wasting time in queues to buy imported milk powders. It is the responsibility of this Institution to conduct a survey on this negative trend and submit a report to the government. Minister also questioned as to why the HARTI has not conducted a survey on the possibility producing seed requirement locally wherby saving a large sum of foreign exchange. In a situation where His Excellency the President has taken many steps to promote organic farming in Sri Lanka even by prohibiting the import of chemical fertilizer and pesticides the HARTI has failed to undertake a survey on the views and attitudes of local farmers towards organic farming. Although other paddy farming countries obtain a harvest of 10-12 Metric Tons per 01 hectare ,our country’s paddy harvest yet remain between 4 -6 Metric Tons per 01 hectare. It is unfortunate that this institution has not conducted a survey on the same and submit a report to the government. Four Mafias are in operation in the field of Agriculture. As a result numerous hardships are being experienced by consumers in our country. It is the responsibility of this institution to advice the government on an effective methodology to avoid such difficulties and the way of facing such challenge in a transparent manner” the minister stated.


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