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Sunday July 25th, 2021
Agriculture

Sri Lanka aborts plan to import compost fertilizer

ECONOMYNEXT- Sri Lanka has aborted an earlier decision to import sterilized compost with domestic production of the fertilizer also starting to pick up, Director General of Agriculture W M Weerakoon said.

Sri Lanka’s cabinet earlier cleared a plan to import a range of organic fertilizers. Sterilized compost is a product where all the microbes have been destroyed.

“Now organic fertilizer production has started in Sri Lanka,” Weerakoon said. “Though there was a cabinet decision to start imports, no imports took place.”

There have been concerns raised that compost fertilizer from municipal waste may contain residues, such as heavy metals which may be even less controllable than in factory-made chemical fertilizer.

Several Sri Lankan firms have been importing specialist liquid organic fertilizer extracts in the past for various applications.

Liquid organic fertilizer extracts would continue to be allowed, Weerakoon said.

Sri Lanka said it has banned the use of chemical fertilizer for the next season, raising concerns among some experts who have warned that food output will fall.

Some export crops also require specialist chemical fertilizers. There have been complaints and protests from farmers that fertilizer short in the current season as well. (Colombo/June23/2021)

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