Chemical fertiliser import relaxed for some sectors – Rathnasekara
By Gagani Weerakoon and Methmalie Dissanayake
Restrictions on importing chemical fertiliser have been relaxed to a certain extent due to the conclusion that some sectors cannot shift to organic fertiliser immediately, Sri Lanka Podujana Peramauna MP Gunapala Rathnasekara, yesterday (3) said in Parliament. He made this remark, while participating in the Adjournment Debate on Central Bank Annual Report 2020. “Some decisions taken by a Government for the betterment of the country cannot be implemented as planned due to certain conditions. Therefore, such decisions have to be amended a bit.
As a Government we want to introduce organic fertiliser to protect the lives of the people. That proposal by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has been implemented successfully. But when we study further, we saw that some sectors cannot shift to organic fertiliser immediately. Therefore, permission has been granted for certain sectors to look into the possibility of importing chemical fertiliser,” he noted. “Now, this decision is being criticised. Some people say that although the President said that chemical fertiliser will be completely banned, he cannot stick to that promise.
But let me tell you that this is a basic principle of management. We cannot implement every decision we take the way we planned. We have to analyse the environment and make some amendments. This is what we are doing as a Government, he said and added “Chemical fertilizer ban is still in force. Many have now turned to organic fertilisers and that proposal is going on without any hindrance. Organic fertilisers are being manufactured successfully as well. But there will be some issues at this early stage of the work.”