ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka had banned chemical fertilizer and agro-chemicals to improve health but it was difficult to wean farmers away and it was difficult to product large volumes of organic inputs President Gotabaya Rajapaksa had told a United Nations summit on food.
President had said “changing the mindset of farmers long accustomed to using chemical fertilizers was difficult and the production of sufficient quantity of organic fertilizer domestically was challenging,” a statement from his office said.
“Sri Lanka welcomes technical assistance and bilateral support in this regard,” he was quoted as saying.
Market oriented food value chains were needed reduce rural poverty when fostering organic agriculture.
“Through such improvements, I am confident Sri Lanka will be able to sustainably transform its food system and ensure greater food security and better nutrition for its people,” he said.
The President appreciated the technical assistance of the Food and Agriculture Organisation and the World Food Programme provided to Sri Lanka.