No room for the risk of famine or food shortage due to the policy of organic fertilizers …
QR Code for all organic fertilizers imported and manufactured locally …
The farmer will not be isolated …
Government officials say …
The mechanism was formulated to provide farmers with the organic fertilizers required for the Maha season without any scarcity, government officials from relevant institutions said.
As a result, they said that the whole process, including sensitization of farmers, technical assistance and financial assistance, continues uninterrupted.
This was revealed during the press conference held at the Presidential Media Center today (02) via the Webex app.
The Presidential Media Center’s weekly press conference was held via the Webex app due to the COVID-19 pandemic and today’s topic was âOrganic Fertilizer Use and Regulationâ.
Key government officials in the field and representatives of all electronic and print media institutions joined the briefing.
Although the government has taken steps to manufacture local organic fertilizers, achieving the goal of making the amount of fertilizer needed by farmers has been hampered due to the current situation. As a result, it was revealed that arrangements have been made to import organic fertilizers of high international standard in order to alleviate any shortage and also use bio-pesticides covered by the Pesticides Law.
Full approval of the Fertilizer Advisory Committee has been granted for this purpose. Officials also assured that these organic fertilizers will be made available to farmers after being subjected to research and laboratory and biodiversity testing.
Financial incentives of Rs. 12,500 per hectare up to a maximum of two hectares will be provided to farmers to encourage production of organic fertilizers. Requests have already been issued for this, and officials said completed request forms can be submitted to agricultural research and production assistants or agrarian service centers.
The money will be credited to the personal account of the affected farmers and plans have been made to provide financial assistance to farmers who do not have a bank account, under a special scheme. It was also stated that farmers who do not have the facilities to produce organic fertilizers have the option of obtaining organic fertilizers from other parties and the money will be refunded to them.
It was also revealed that a QR code will be issued in the future for all imported and locally produced organic fertilizers, and through this facility, everyone will be able to check the quality of the organic fertilizer.
The â1920â hotline provides solutions to farmers’ problems and a team of technical officers covering all districts has been prepared for field inspections.
Responding to questions from reporters about the challenges the tea industry faces with using organic fertilizers, officials said the Tea Research Institute is already reviewing samples of imported fertilizers and will recommend the most suitable organic fertilizer for the tea industry in the future.
In response to questions, officials pointed out that a total cost of Rs. 26.62 billion will be spent on the entire process, including fertilizers needed for the Maha season, local production, imports, subsidies, technical assistance and awareness raising.
They also said that with this initiative a considerable amount of the Rs. 22.71 billion spent on importing chemical fertilizers will remain with our country’s farmers.
With the use of organic fertilizers, the country has developed a young entrepreneurship. State banks are already in the process of granting them loans of up to one million rupees at a preferential interest rate, while low-income people will receive the necessary machines at a preferential price, officials said.
Government officials assured that farmers would never be isolated at any cost and further stressed that there would be no food shortage or risk of famine in the country due to the policy of organic fertilizers, such as the some media and various groups claim.
Dr. Ajantha de Silva, Director General of the Department of Agriculture, Commissioner General of the Department of Agrarian Services HML Abeyratne, Additional Secretary of the State Ministry of Agriculture Mahesh Lasantha Gammanpila, Dr JB Hemantha Wijewardena, Consultant – Organic Fertilizer at Ministry of Agriculture and Dr MS Nijamudeen, additional director of the Research and Development Center for Sustainable Agriculture, joined the press conference via the Webex app.