‘Implement decision to use organic fertiliser, despite challenges’
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has told people’s representatives to move forward to implement the decision to use organic fertiliser as it is beneficial to the people, despite the challenges posed during the transition period. The ‘Vistas of Prosperity and Splendour’ National Policy Framework affirms that to produce a healthy and productive citizenry, the Government must ensure the right of the people to access a nontoxic and balanced diet.
To achieve this objective, the Government has taken measures to ensure that only organic fertiliser would be used in the agriculture sector in the country in the future. President Rajapaksa emphasised that the programme should be implemented for the benefit of future generations, notwithstanding criticism from some sections of society.
Despite attempts to create a shortage, sufficient fertiliser has been imported until the next season. Therefore, all cultivation activities can be carried out without any hindrance, the President said. The President made these remarks during a meeting held with Chairmen of District Development Committees, at the Presidential Secretariat, on Monday (7).
The move towards organic agriculture is not a sudden decision by the Government. Its position on this was clearly set out in the ‘Vistas of Prosperity and Splendour’ policy statement as well as in the last Budget.
But the failure to apprise farmers in this regard has led to creating undue fear among farmers. “There is great potential in Sri Lanka for agriculture based on organic fertilizer”, he said.
The President also stated that it is the policy of the Government to provide maximum relief to farmers to overcome difficult situations during the transition period. Due to farmers using chemical fertiliser for several decades, it has resulted in an increase in the number of people living with non-communicable diseases. Minister Douglas Devananda, Secretary to the President P.B. Jayasundera and a group of Ministry Secretaries were also present at the occasion.