Programme to encourage organic cultivation in Anuradhapura | Daily News

Programme to encourage organic cultivation in Anuradhapura

A special plan has been formulated within the Anuradhapura district to manufacture organic fertiliser to encourage organic cultivation in line with the Government’s decision to ban chemical fertiliser imports.

Anuradhapura Government Agent R.M.Wanninayake said that this is being implemented jointly by the United Agriculture Forum and the District Secretariat Office.

Based on an idea of the United Agriculture Forum it is planned to manufacture organic fertiliser using Water Hyacinth (Japan Jabara) which grows covering entire tanks. As an experiment, it has been planned to produce organic fertiliser using Water Hyacinth at the Paalaadikulama Tank in the Nuwaragam Palatha Divisional Secretariat Division in Anuradhapura East. The Paalaadikulama Farmers Organization has expressed willingness to produce this organic fertiliser using cow dung and cattle urine.

“This method will contribute towards controlling the growth of invasive plants as well,” Wanninayake said.

President of the United Agriculture Forum Retired Assistant Director of Agriculture R.M. Navaratne Banda said that producing organic fertiliser at homes is not such a difficult task. If this method is properly implemented. There will be several advantages such as promoting soil fertility, halting the tank from being destroyed by invasive aquatic plants, and overcoming the fertiliser shortage.

According to this proposal put forward by the United Agriculture Forum, the method to produce organic fertiliser using Japan Jabara and cattle excreants is successfully being implemented at present.

Additional District Secretary of Anuradhapura Ruwan Navaratne, Administrative Officer Chandana Wickremasinghe, Retired Additional Director of Agriculture Navaratne Bandara and a group of journalists joined in this visit.

A number of farmers in areas such as Galkiriyagama Undurawa, Galnewa, Eppawala and Hurigaswewa are engaged in producing organic fertiliser by themselves and they have been providing non-toxic harvests of high quantities for quite some time.


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