The Sri Lankan president Gotabhaya Rajapakshe take up the challenge to make Sri Lanka, the first country in the world to wipe off chemical fertilizers. At a discussion held at the presidential secretariat, the president has coaxed the responsible units to get united and raise awareness among the farmers to create a healthy generation as well as to create awareness on the utility of chemical pesticides and herbicides and the measures that would be taken in return in case of bans on such imports.
Also, the president has pinpointed in the meeting that SL spent USD 221 to import chemical fertilizers in 2019, and the price would be raised in the future, due to the price hike in crude oil. And also, he has shown that amidst huge expenditure, people of SL get neither no qualitative increase in yield nor a healthy diet, and resulted in a huge loss of biodiversity.
In the discussion, he stated that the accumulation of such chemicals could be the course of the kidney diseases and cancers, risen in Sri Lanka which the government incurs a huge expenditure on finding a solution. Thus, he stated that on making SL free of chemical fertilizers, the challenges as deteriorating the health of the rural people and the loss of the productivity of the people could be addressed in the future.
It was stated that the government would intermediate directly to make all provisions required to encourage the farmers to produce organic fertilizers at the district level.
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