Minister of Agriculture Mahindananda Aluthgamage says the government is not prepared to deviate from the organic fertiliser policy.
Speaking during an event in Colombo, Minister Aluthgamage said steps will be taken to successfully carry out the organic fertiliser project in the forthcoming season by overcoming identified shortcomings.
The Minister said the world’s second-leading mafia is the chemical fertiliser industry adding the Sri Lankan industry alone is valued at Rs.100 billion.
He said moving to organic fertiliser is a challenging task that inconveniences the farming community with reductions in produce adding it could be successful after two to three seasons.
Minister Aluthgamage claimed many countries are observing the project adding the government hopes to make Sri Lanka the “organic garden” of the world.
He claimed large investments are being made to reverse the project.
The Minister said agriculture used to be a subject at school with vegetables grown adding however all such activities have been brought to a halt.
Minister Aluthgamage said the Secretary of the Ministry of Education was directed to implement an agriculture related programme at all schools.
He said such programmes can be implemented with modern technology even with limited resources.