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Accelerated mechanism to produce organic fertilizer for Maha season

A number of programmes are being planned to accelerate the production of organic fertilizer required for the Maha season.

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa instructed officials to study and identify the machinery required for the production of fertilizer and to take steps to manufacture machines that can be made locally with the assistance of the Government Factory and the Army Corps of Engineers and to import the rest.

The President gave these instructions at a discussion held at the Presidential Secretariat Wednesday (2) afternoon regarding the production of organic fertilizer, the President’s Media Division said.

Special attention was paid to the production of fertilizer at the Local Government level. The President also explained the need to impart technical knowledge to these institutions.

The raw materials used in the production of organic fertilizer can be sourced from the rural environment. The President pointed out that this would preserve the cleanliness and beauty of the village and that a new rural economy could be built with the participation of Samurdhi recipients.“There may be challenges in implementing this programme.

 But in line with the “Vision of Prosperity” policy, the right of the people to a non-toxic diet must be guaranteed to produce a healthy and productive citizen. Many in the world said it was impossible to act against terrorism. The same thinking is there regarding the organic fertilizer programme,” the President said.

The President emphasised that overcoming such challenges was a need of the era.

The President also stated that in order to make this programme a success, it is imperative that the farmers be provided with the required amount of organic fertilizer without any shortage.

Agriculture Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage stated that the full amount of organic fertilizer needed is expected to be produced in the country and if there is a shortage, the required amount of organic fertilizer will be imported and stored by the government.

Minister Aluthgamage said steps will be taken to initiate a special programme to inspect the soil and recommend only the required quantity when issuing organic fertilizer to farmers and to provide all the Agrarian Service Centres in the island with the equipment required for soil testing.

State Minister Shashindra Rajapaksa said that steps are being taken to provide the farmers with the necessary technical knowledge for the production of organic fertilizer. It was also decided to provide a series of printed instructions to farmers to make them aware of the use of organic fertilizers.

The President officially handed over the soil testing equipment to the Commissioner General of Agrarian Services and the Director General of Agriculture.

State Minister Mohan de Silva, Secretary to the President P.B.Jayasundera, Finance Secretary S.R.Attygalle, Secretaries and officials of the Ministry of Agriculture and the line Ministries of State were also present at the occasion.