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A’pura farmers to supply 20 per cent of chili requirement

 Agriculture Minister Mahinda Amaraweera inspecting a chili cultivation in Anuradhapura. Picture by Agriculture, Wildlife and Forest Resources Conservation Ministry Media Unit.
Agriculture Minister Mahinda Amaraweera inspecting a chili cultivation in Anuradhapura. Picture by Agriculture, Wildlife and Forest Resources Conservation Ministry Media Unit.

Farmers in the Anuradhapura District said that they will supply 20 per cent of the chili requirement in our country.

Agriculture Minister Mahinda Amaraweera yesterday (10) inspected the chili cultivations in Yakalla, Katakala, Tambuttegama and Anuradhapura, which have been grown under the Agriculture Sector Modernization Project (ASMP) of the Ministry.

The Project has facilitated these chili farmers with technology, equipment, modern pest control practices and new strategies in packing and marketing.

Therefore, each farmer earns Rs. 5.4 million per acre in six months, the farmers said.

There is a high demand for chili in the international market as 80 per cent organic cultivation is followed by natural pest control practices.

Although the country has the ability to grow chili very successfully, more than 60 per cent of the chili requirement is still being imported.

The Ministry has decided to give priority to paddy and maize crops and chili cultivations. Therefore, at least 80 per cent of chili that the country needs will be produced here in the next two years.

By July 2022 alone, the country has imported 18,556 metric tonnes of chili. Over US$ 28,612 million has been spent in this regard. If this money was spent on the farmers here, chilies required by the country would be produced here and the balance could be sent abroad.

President Ranil Wickremesinghe has approved the project. Therefore, by expanding the cultivation of such crops in the country, a new generation of farmers would be formed.

The chilies imported to the country have been cultivated using the highest toxic chemicals, which are banned even in Sri Lanka. But chilies here are organic and in the highest quality.

The Minister also said that many more chili cultivation projects will be started in the near future.

Parliamentarian Duminda Dissanayake, ASMP Director Dr. Rohan Wijekoon and many others were present. 


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