Green Agriculture Operative Centre to be set up
A ‘Green Agriculture Operative Centre’ will be set up to systematically and sustainably fulfill the priorities identified to make Sri Lanka a ‘green’ country, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has decided.
This is being implemented under the direction of Army Commander General Shavendra Silva, the President’s Media Division said in a statement.
The President has given directives to ensure that this operative centre gives priority to a number of functions including the amalgamation of the Colombo Commercial Fertilizers Ltd. and the Ceylon Fertilizers Company Limited as the National Organic Fertilizer and Distribution Company.
Encouraging the production of solid and liquid organic fertilizers in accordance with standards, providing fertilizers free of charge to the farmers on time, fulfilling the fertilizer demand in the districts, accelerating the production of paddy, maize and other grains, fruits and vegetables, and promotion of quality seeds and seedlings suitable for green agriculture will be part of its responsibilities.
The coordination of all officials from the highest level to the ground level involved in agriculture, distribution of food crop products and the promotion of health education and communication programmes on organic food consumption are also included.
The operative centre should coordinate with the two presidential task forces established to transform Sri Lanka into a green social economy with sustainable solutions to climate change.
It will further be responsible for organizing the National Green Economy Council, which holds meetings once in every two weeks under the chairmanship of the President.