Written by Lahiru Fernando
07 Mar, 2016 | 9:38 pm
The national policy for a toxin-free country was launched on Monday, March 7, during an event held at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH), under the auspices of President Maithripala Sirisena.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was also present at the occasion, along with a number of ministers and parliamentarians.
Speaking at the occasion, President Maithripala Sirisena noted that a large number of farmers around the country are plagued by debt. He added that it is this burden that drives them to demand for fertiliser at subsidizsed rates. President Sirisena also reiterated that a national plan on agriculture will be formulated, which will ensure the health and well-being of the entire nation.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, speaking at the event, stated that Sri Lanka has the ability to become the Indian Ocean’s sustainable agriculture centre as well as the centre for toxin-free food.
The premier noted that there is a growing demand in the world for toxin-free foods, and Sri Lanka should create a new agrarian economy to capitalise on this growing demand.
Minister of Agriculture Duminda Dissanayake noted that with the assistance of his ministry, farmers can now move away from the use of chemical fertilisers. He also noted that farmers are now capable of adopting more environmental-friendly agricultural practices, due to the leadership provided by President Maithripala Sirisena.
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