President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has established a Presidential Task Force for Green Agriculture.
President Rajapaksa appointed the Task Force through an Extraordinary Gazette notification, taking into consideration the need for unhygienic agrochemicals to be minimized through research and new inventions and for eco-friendly organic fertiliser production that suits local environmental conditions to be incentivized.
The President’s Media Division said it is the foremost objective of the government to create an eco-friendly healthy green agriculture thereby minimizing the chemical waste materials being added to the soil and water.
Attention has been drawn to the possibility of benefits being acquired locally, as well as, internationally, through marching towards sustainable green agriculture by undertaking eco-friendly organic farming by the adaption of state-of-the art technology.
The Members of the Task Force are responsible for formulating a systematic programme for sustainable maintenance of green agriculture, identifying the organic fertiliser required for various crops and improving the quality of such fertiliser production, producing pesticides and weedicides locally, enhancing the communication in transmitting to the public the health-related socio-economic benefits to be accrued from organic food production and consumption and broadening the organic agriculture extension services at field level.
Through the gazette, the President has directed the Presidential Task Force for Green Agriculture to liaise with the Economic Revival and Poverty Alleviation Task Force and the Presidential Task Force for the creation of a Green Sri Lanka with sustainable solutions for climate changes.