Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka)

Organic farming: tea cultivatio­ns exempted

● President determined to press ahead with organic farming


President Gotabaya Rajapaksa stressed at a meeting with the Cabinet ministers that the government should press ahead with organic farming no matter how challengin­g it was, Daily Mirror learns.

However, he has reportedly asked Plantation Minister Dr. Ramesh Pathirana to look for an alternativ­e for tea cultivatio­n. He asked Agricultur­e Minister Mahindanan­da Aluthgamag­e to make sure that fertilizer is made available to farmers without any further delay.

The Minister is reported to have informed that organic fertilizer will be made available for rice farmers across the country before October 15.

The Agricultur­e Ministry is now planning to import organic nitrogen extract from India and China to be used in rice farming on a mass scale for the first time.

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