- Steps to formulate a National Fertilizer Policy expeditiously….
- Uncultivated government lands for young farmers…
- Cultivation Promotion Week for all provinces jointly…
- Kandakadu Farm for the cultivation of essential crops including maize …
- Priority to agriculture, livestock, and fresh-water fishing industries…
- Phosphate deposit is optimally utilized for fertilizer needs.
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has directed that a comprehensive public-private partnership program on food security be launched immediately.
Negotiations with several countries to meet the fertilizer requirement were successful, according to the President’s Media Division (PMD).
As a result, the President urged all farmers not to abandon farming during the Yala Season due to a lack of fertilizer or for any other reason.
The President made these remarks during a discussion at the President’s House in Colombo yesterday (30) on Yala Season cultivation activities and mitigating future food shortages.
The President stated that a National Fertilizer Policy should be developed quickly to ensure proper importation, distribution, management, awareness, and coordination among farmers and officials.
The President also stated that the Ministry of Agriculture should be fully involved in carrying out cultivation activities using chemical or organic fertilizers as desired by farmers.
Farmers can earn a higher income by identifying paddy fields that are not used for cultivation during the Yala Season and encouraging the cultivation of essential crops such as green gram, cowpea, and soybean.
The President directed that the National Livestock Development Board’s Kandakadu farm be released as soon as possible for maize, soybean, and other crop cultivation.
The government owns a significant amount of uncultivated land. It was decided that these lands would be identified and handed over to young farmers.
Crop cultivation in home gardens and on government-owned land should be encouraged.
Minister Mahinda Amaraweera stated that all public servants, including ministers, legislators, and other political leaders, should contribute to this and set a precedent.
It was also decided to launch a Cultivation Promotion Week collaboration with all provinces by identifying crops to be cultivated and allocating funds to Provincial Councils for agriculture, livestock, and fresh-water fishing industries with no limit.
The President directed the government to make the best use of the Eppawala phosphate deposit in order to produce phosphorus fertilizer for the upcoming Maha Season.
Measures to provide animal feed in order to control milk, egg, and chicken prices were also thoroughly discussed.
There are plans in the works to reduce post-harvest waste, save food, store food, preserve and increase the value of agricultural products, and introduce and popularize alternative foods.
M.B.R. Pushpakumara, Secretary to the Ministry of Agriculture, stated that steps have been taken to implement a number of programs, including promoting agricultural products related to self-employment and introducing methods to prevent diseases and crop damage caused by pesticides.
Anura Dissanayake, Chief of Staff to the President, and heads of line ministries from the Ministry of Agriculture were also present.