Farmers received Rs 4,500M to make solid organic fertiliser – Agrarian Development Commissioner

By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan | Published: 2:00 AM Dec 2 2021
News Farmers received Rs 4,500M to make solid organic fertiliser – Agrarian Development Commissioner

By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan 

The Government has already provided Rs. 4,500 million to 805,601 farmers to produce solid organic fertiliser, Agrarian Development Commissioner General A.H.M.L. Abeyratne said. The Commissioner also pointed out that the money has been provided for 647,681 hectares of paddy lands for organic cultivation. Speaking at the ‘The National Dialogue on the Progress of Organic Cultivation’ held at the BMICH on 30 November, he told farmers that 7,000 metric tonnes of solid organic fertiliser has been produced at regional agrarian development centres. 

In addition, 85 machines for crushing raw materials used in solid organic fertiliser have been provided to regional agrarian development centres, the Commissioner said. He said steps have been taken to provide cutting machines and lawn mowers to all centres to expedite fertiliser production. Answering queries by farmers, the Director of the National Fertiliser Secretariat, Chandana Lokuhewage, stated that although the requirement for organic fertiliser for this season is 416,176.73 metric tonnes, only 359,708 metric tonnes could be supplied. 

Meanwhile, steps have been taken to provide 7,725,099 litres of liquid organic fertiliser to farmers for the Maha season this year, he said. Farmers who received subsidies to produce solid fertiliser at Rs. 12,500 each have produced 101,957 metric tonnes of organic solid fertilisers. Prof. Udith Jayasinghe, Secretary to the Ministry of Agriculture said that political authorities, the administration, the business community and farmers should work together to make the Government’s green agriculture policy a reality and added that all these activities should be transparent. 

Dr.Ajantha de Silva, Director General of Agriculture, stated that the Department of Agriculture is committed to imparting necessary technical knowledge to make organic farming a success. Minister of Agriculture Mahindananda Aluthgamage, State Minister of Paddy and Cereals Shashindra Rajapaksa, Fisheries Minister Douglas Devananda, Minister of Water Resources, VasudevaNanakkara, and State Minister Janaka Wakkumbura, MP Prof. Tissa Vitarana and several other organisations were also present at this event.

By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan | Published: 2:00 AM Dec 2 2021

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