Shot in the arm for agricultural crops
Sarath de Silva
The Government's decision to reduce the price of fertiliser to all
crops has laid the foundation for an unprecedented era in export
agriculture, said President, National Chamber of Exporters (NCE) Sarath
The fertiliser subsidy to paddy farmers has guaranteed that our
staple food is secured. It has made the farmer stronger and able to
withstand the shocks of global warming, manifested in the form of
extreme weather, he said. As exporters we feel that the whole nation
must join in the production of agri based raw materials - the industry
raw material that will enhance the export of value added Sri Lankan agri
exports of spices, fruits , vegetables and pulses.
The long-felt need of a shot in the arm to activate agri raw material
production has been achieved by the timely introduction of the
fertiliser subsidy to all agricultural crops from May 7, said De Silva.
He appealed to the government to make provision for the proposed Agri
Cooperatives in the North Central, North and the Eastern provinces. This
will enable the use of the reduction in fertilizer prices to grow red
chillies, big onions, green gram, black gram and kurakkan to substitute
imports, saving billions of rupees for the economy.
It will also enable finding a solution to the problem of identifying
large parcels of land that are required for the purpose of large scale
high tech agriculture in Sri Lanka, he said.