Presidential Task Force appointed for Green Agriculture

Rebecca Pavey | Published: 8:25 AM Oct 16 2021
Local Presidential Task Force appointed for Green Agriculture

A Presidential Task Force for Green Agriculture has been appointed by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, by way of an Extraordinary Gazette.

The Gazette was published yesterday (15) by Secretary to the President, Dr. P. B. Jayasundera.

Accordingly, a 14-member task force, chaired by Chairman of Wild Holidays (Pvt.) Ltd. Vijith Welikala, has been tasked with formulating a systematic programme for sustainable maintenance of green agriculture.

Moreover, the Task Force will also be required to 

- identify the organic fertilizer required for various crops and improve the quality of such fertilizer production

- produce pesticides and weedicides locally

- identify methodologies and monitoring mechanisms for importing the limited scale possible shortages with high standards on the approval of the Sri Lanka Standards Institute in meeting the requirements through local production

- enhance communication in transmitting to the public the health-related socio-economic benefits to be accrued from organic food production and consumption, and

- enlist the active support of the public service in this process and broaden the organic agriculture extension services at field level

Monthly reports are expected to be submitted to the President, the Gazette further read.

Rebecca Pavey | Published: 8:25 AM Oct 16 2021

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