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State Minister reviews farmers’ ideas on Organic Farming

State Minister Duminda Dissanayake along with State Ministry Officials inspecting a maize cultivation in Anuradhapura.
State Minister Duminda Dissanayake along with State Ministry Officials inspecting a maize cultivation in Anuradhapura.

Renewable Energy Resources Development State Minister Duminda Dissanayake visited a high number of places of the district recently to get firsthand information from farmers on the ‘Organic Farming Only’ Policy for the Maha season.

The farmers who have been cultivating maize for decades in Mawathawewa, Iluppukanniya, Puliyankulama and Getalawa among others in the Thirappane Division said the State Minister that they still do not know whether to take the large-scale traditional maize cultivation. During the Maha season, nearly 75,000 acres are cultivated with maize in the Anuradhapura District.

The farmers of Kuttikulama and Pandiketuwewa told the State Minister that cultivating maize in the Maha season can cause heavy losses due to acute shortage of chemical fertilizer.

They said that they have to spend Rs. 8,000 – 9,000 on one packet of maize seeds. “The tractor charges are exorbitant. Therefore, solely depending on the organic and compost with nitrogen liquid fertilizer promised by the Government, we will be at a great risk. ‘What is the guarantee that we will succeed?” they asked.

They said that media reported that some imported organic fertilizer samples contained a virus that could cause irreparable crop damages.

“Many large and small organic fertilizer manufacturing projects have been implemented but a very few are manufacturing standard manure. Some persons claim that they were manufacturing organic fertilizer only for Rs. 12,500 given by the Government. Meanwhile, we ask for relief from Garama Niladaris and the Samurdhi Development Officers since we cannot grow crops in large scale due to the fertilizer issue,” they said.

State Minister Duminda Dissanayake told the farmers to trust the Government and support its organic manure programme. State Minister Dissanayake said that he will take up the issue with appropriate authorities to provide the organic fertilizer subsidy on time. If they are to abandon their livelihood over fertilizer issue, the whole country will suffer from an acute shortage of food,” the State Minister said.

The State Minister will continue his tour in the district on the coming days as well, State Ministry sources said.


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