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Sri Lanka partially lifts ban on chemical fertilizers; permits personal sector to import it

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa in Could ordered a halt to importing chemical fertilizers to show the island nation’s agriculture sector to 100% natural.

The Sri Lankan authorities has determined to partially elevate the ban on chemical fertilizers and allow the personal sector to import it to permit the nation’s farmers to buy it from the open market, Agriculture Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage stated on Wednesday.

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa in Could ordered a halt to importing chemical fertilizers to show the island nation’s agriculture sector to 100% natural.

Nevertheless, the choice to elevate the ban got here because of the fixed stress from the farmers as they claimed their crop manufacturing was declining.

“A gazette notice in this regard will be issued and the private sector will be able to import chemical fertilizers, weedicides and pesticides with effect from today,” Mr. Aluthgamage stated.

Nevertheless the Minister insisted that the coverage to advertise inexperienced agriculture within the nation has not modified.

Following final week’s confusion when the highest agriculture bureaucrat Udith Jayasinghe implied that there could be a blanket lifting of the ban on chemical fertilizer imports, the Minister stated the import ban for chemical fertilizer wanted for paddy and cultivation would stay.

Mr. Jayasinghe had advised reporters that it was not attainable to fulfill all fertilizer wants from domestically produced natural fertilizer.

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“The nitrogen content of organic fertilizer is about 3-4%,” Mr. Jayasinghe stated.

“For paddy cultivation, 80,000 metric tonnes of nitrogen is needed for this season. This cannot be done entirely from compost fertilizer domestically,” he added.

Sri Lanka’s vegetable costs have nearly doubled in latest weeks as protesting farmers stopped cultivation.

The financial centre in Nuwara Eliya, a key vegetable producing area within the central hill district, was closed since Sunday after farmers refused to ship crops.

With the import ban in impact, Sri Lanka imported over 3.1 million liters of Nano nitrogen liquid fertilizer from India final month.

Sri Lanka’s annual fertilizer imports price $400 million, President Rajapaksa stated when the ban was initially introduced.

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