Govt Lifts Ban on Chemical Fertiliser
By Thameenah Razeek
Heeding farmers’ complaints, Government decided to lift the ban on importing chemical fertiliser and to allow non-State enterprises to engage in the same.
Agriculture Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage said private companies will be permitted to import chemical fertilisers, weedicides, and pesticides.
The Minister declared that the Gazette Notification on the licence to import chemical fertiliser which was scheduled to be issued yesterday, will be repealed and that the Gazette Notification forbidding such imports will be retracted.
He however said the Government’s green agriculture agenda will not change. Private sector will be granted permission to import chemical fertilisers, insecticides, and fungicides beginning yesterday and farmers will be able to purchase chemical fertilisers in the open market.
“Government’s policy to encourage green agriculture in the country will not be reversed. On 26 April, the President submitted a Cabinet Paper to promote green agriculture and a Gazette Notification was soon issued to totally restrict the import of fungicides and weedicides,” the Minister said.
Speaking further, he said that as a Government responsive to the people, they have now decided to cancel the gazette notification of 26 April and, as a result, authorisation to import chemical fertilisers and pesticides was granted.