Author Archive for Agriculture

Sri Lanka to lift ban on Glyphosate after 07 years

Sunday, November 20th, 2022

Courtesy Adaderana The gazette notification pertaining to the lifting of the ban imposed on the import of the herbicide Glyphosate has been sent to the Government Printer, says the Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture, Gunadasa Samarasinghe. The Minister of Agriculture had decided to lift the ban on Glyphosate following inquiries made from various sectors […]

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Lanka to learn from China new ways to increase rice production

Tuesday, November 15th, 2022

By Sugeeswara Senadhira Ceylon Today Colombo, November 14 (Ceylon Today): China concluded an important International Forum on Hybrid Rice Assistance and Global Food Security in Beijing last weekend, where the focus was on China’s hybrid rice varieties that could revolutionize global food production and ensure food security. Virtually addressing the Forum Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena […]

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No state official should interfere in govt land allotments to farmers for cultivation – PM

Monday, October 10th, 2022

Courtesy Adaderana Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena emphasizes that since the government has instructed to give the government lands to the farmers of the villages for cultivation in accordance with circular measures, no government official should interfere with it. The Prime Minister mentioned this during the distribution of goods from the Parliamentary Decentralized Fund of Mr. […]

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Chinese fertilizer controversy: Audit report recommends prosecuting officials involved

Saturday, October 1st, 2022

Courtesy Adaderana The special audit report by National Audit Office on the controversial procurement of 96,000 metric tons of organic fertilizer from a Chinese supplier reveals that the Sri Lankan government has incurred a lost to the tune of Rs. 1,382 million in the process. The report, issued in August 2022, also notes that all officials responsible […]

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Comment on the U-tube propaganda that mislead the public.

Monday, September 26th, 2022

Chandre Dharmawardana I have gone thorough the following U-tube video and I am sad to see this kind of unsubstantiated claims misleading the public. This is just one of many. [ටවුම මැද්දේ වගා කරන, ගල් පොළොවේ කුඹුරු කරන, ගොවි රජාගේ විශ්වකර්ම වැඩ I urge the Sri Lankan scientific community to not to ignore this sort […]

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USD 40 million to help farmers – USAID Administrator Samantha Power

Saturday, September 10th, 2022

Courtesy Hiru News USAID Administrator Samantha Power announces an additional USD 40 million to Sri Lanka to help farmers purchase fertilizer and other vital agricultural inputs

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Sri Lanka’s Experiment with Organic Farming Fails Miserably

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2022

By Ted Nordhaus, the executive director of the Breakthrough Institute, and Saloni Shah, a food and agriculture analyst at the Breakthrough Institute. Courtesy  Foreign A nationwide experiment is abandoned after producing only misery. Faced with a deepening economic and humanitarian crisis, Sri Lanka called off an ill-conceived national experiment in organic agriculture this winter. Sri Lankan […]

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Government lifts import ban on glyphosate

Monday, August 8th, 2022

Courtesy The Daily Mirror The Finance Ministry has lifted the import ban on the popular weedicide glyphosate with effect from August 5 while allowing glyphosate imports into the country subject to import control license requirement. According to the Gazette Extraordinary No 2291/44 signed by President Ranil Wickremesinghe as the Minister of Finance, Economic Stabilisation and […]

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Sri Lanka’s Army To Cultivate On Barren Land To Supplement Country’s Food Security Amid Crisis

Saturday, June 18th, 2022

Courtesy Outlook Sri Lanka’s army established its Green Agriculture Steering Committee (GASC) to supplement and promote the food security programme in the country facing worst economic crisis. The Sri Lanka Army will take part in a farming drive aimed at cultivating over 1,500 acres of barren or abandoned state land to multiply food production and […]

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Take holiday to grow your own food, civil servants told by Sri Lankan government

Tuesday, June 14th, 2022

Courtesy The South China Morning Post Officials granted leave for one working day a week and ‘provided with the facilities to engage in agricultural activities in their backyards’, cabinet said The country’s unprecedented economic downturn has left staple foods in short supply and 4 out of 5 people in the nation of 22 million were […]

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SL sign USD 27 million project with US to double the milk production

Monday, June 13th, 2022

Courtesy Hiru News On June 13, U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka Julie Chung attended the signing ceremony for a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Sri Lankan Department of Agriculture, for a $27 million project that aims to double the milk production of Sri Lankan dairy farmers participating in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food […]

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Uncultivated paddy lands to be acquired for 5 years.

Sunday, June 12th, 2022

Courtesy Hiru News The Minister of Agriculture Mahinda Amaraweera says that they will start a process to acquire all paddy lands that have not been cultivated and abandoned.  These lands will be acquired for a period of 5 years in order to cultivate suitable food crops.

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Grow More Food

Thursday, June 9th, 2022

Sugath Kulatunga It is gratifying to see that the grow more food campaign is on the move. The media has something more than the Aragalaya to talk about. But it seems to be ad hoc and not well planned as a national campaign. We have over 20 distinct agroclimatic zones with their distinctive advantages. Of […]

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Cabinet approves to import 231,000 MTs of fertilizer for paddy cultivation

Tuesday, June 7th, 2022

Courtesy The Daily Mirror The Cabinet had approved to import 150,000 metric tons of Urea, 45,000 metric tons of Muriate of Potash (MOP) and 36,000 metric tons of Triple Super Phosphate (TSP) fertilizers for paddy cultivation for the 2022/23 Maha season. The Ceylon Fertilizer Company Limited and Colombo Commercial Fertilizer Company Limited to import the […]

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High in pesticides, many countries send back Indian tea

Friday, June 3rd, 2022

Courtesy The Economic Times Both international and domestic buyers have rejected a series of tea consignments due to the presence of pesticides and chemicals beyond permissible limits, Indian Tea Exporters Association (ITEA) chairman Anshuman Kanoria said on Friday. Filling up the vacuum created by crisis-hit Sri Lanka in the global market, Tea Board is eyeing […]

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Grow More Food

Monday, May 30th, 2022

 Sugath Kulatunga The Prime Minister is predicting a severe famine by August this year and has proposed an urgent food production drive. There have been many such drives previously which fizzled out quickly. This time it could be different. There will be real hunger and it will not be possible to import food stuff from […]

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Ways To Meet The Impending Food Crisis In Sri Lanka – Analysis

Wednesday, May 25th, 2022

By P. K. Balachandran Courtesy Eurasia Review Studies reveal that by re-orienting the country’s agricultural policies and adopting modern technologies, the worst can be averted Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has sounded an extremely grim warning of a food crisis in the island beginning in August and stretching to March 2023. It will be aggravated […]

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“රටම වවමු – එක්ව දිනමු !” ආහාර නිෂ්පාදන වැඩසටහන

Wednesday, May 18th, 2022

Mr. D R Kanchana The Secretary Agriculture Graduate’s Association of the Sri Lanka Agriculture Service මෙරට තුළ ඇති වී ඇති ආර්ථික අර්බුදය හමුවේ ශ්‍රී ලාංකිකයන් ලෙස අප  ආහාර සුරක්ෂිතතාව” පිළිබඳව වෙනදාට වඩා වැඩි වශයෙන් කතා බහ කරන කාලයක් නිර්මාණය වී ඇත. එක්සත් ජාතීන්ගේ ආහාර හා කෘෂිකර්ම සංවිධානයට (FAO) අනුව, සියළුම මිනිසුන්ට ඔවුන්ගේ ආහාර අවශ්‍යතාවයන් සපුරාලීමට ප්‍රමාණවත් පරිදි සෑම […]

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යල කන්නයේ පොහොර අවශ්‍යතාවය කඩිනමින් ඉන්දියාවෙන් සැපයෙන තීරණයක්

Thursday, May 12th, 2022

High Commissioner of Sri Lanka in New Delhi යල කන්නයේ පොහොර අවශ්‍යතාවය කඩිනමින් ඉන්දියාවෙන් සැපයෙන තීරණයක්ඉදිරි යල වගා කන්නයේ වී වගාව සඳහා අවශ්‍ය යූරියා සැපයීම පිළිබඳව සාකච්ඡා කර තීරණ ගැනීම සඳහා නවදිල්ලියේ ශ්‍රී ලංකා මහ කොමසාරිස් මිලින්ද මොරගොඩ මහතා අද (12) ඉන්දියාවේ ජාතික පොහොර දෙපාර්තමේන්තුවේ ලේකම් රාෙජ්ෂ් කුමාර් චතුර්වේදි මහතා හමුවිය. මෙම කන්නයේ වී සඳහා යූරියා […]

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Press release issued by the Academics’ Movement to Safeguard Agriculture (AMSA) Sri Lanka regarding the present crisis in the Agriculture Sector

Thursday, May 12th, 2022

The Academics’ Movement to Safeguard Agriculture (AMSA) in Sri Lanka The Academics’ Movement to Safeguard Agriculture (AMSA) in Sri Lanka expresses grave concern about the potential impact of the current national crisis on the agriculture sector in Sri Lanka. First, we vehemently condemn the brutal assault launched against the peaceful protesters in front of Galle […]

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Summary of Recommendations to Revive Sri Lankan Agriculture

Friday, May 6th, 2022

The Academics’ Movement to Safeguard Agriculture in Sri Lanka (AMSA-Sri Lanka) The Academics’ Movement to Safeguard Agriculture in Sri Lanka (AMSA-Sri Lanka) proposes thefollowing short-, medium- and long-term measures to address immediate and medium- to longtermthreats faced by Sri Lankan Agriculture.Immediate threat:An imminent threat of widespread crop failure in the next two seasons leading to […]

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Recommendations to Revive Sri Lankan Agriculture

Friday, May 6th, 2022

The Academics’ Movement to Safeguard Agriculture in Sri Lanka (AMSA-Sri Lanka) The Academics’ Movement to Safeguard Agriculture in Sri Lanka (AMSA-Sri Lanka) proposes thefollowing short-, medium- and long-term measures to address immediate and medium- to longtermthreats faced by Sri Lankan Agriculture.Immediate Threat:There is an imminent threat of widespread crop failure in the current (2022) Yala […]

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Sri Lanka tea exports lowest in 23 years

Thursday, May 5th, 2022

Courtesy Daily Mirror AFP: Crisis-struck Sri Lanka’s vital tea exports have dropped to their lowest level in 23 years, official figures showed yesterday, hit by a fertiliser ban and the war in Ukraine.Tea is the island nation’s biggest export commodity, bringing in about US $ 1.3 billion annually before the current economic downturn, the worst […]

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Sri Lanka posts the lowest tea exports in 23 years

Wednesday, May 4th, 2022

Coutesy Taipei Times FERTILIZER BAN: Asia Siyaka Commodities blamed the drop on the agrochemical ban, a government push to transform the country’s farms into 100 percent organic Sri Lanka’s tea exports have dropped to their lowest level in 23 years, official figures showed yesterday, hit by a fertilizer ban and Russia’s war against Ukraine. Tea is […]

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Sri Lanka’s unexplored economic goldmine

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2022

Courtesy NewsIn.Asia Colombo, March 28 (Sunday Observer): The pulse of a nation beats through its traditional knowledge. This holds true for ancient civilisations such as Sri Lanka. For nations such as ours to wipe out that which is indigenous and create a socio-economic path for its people on totally alien lines can only spell disaster. […]

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President accepts not providing chemical fertilizer was a mistake

Monday, April 18th, 2022

Courtesy The Daily Mirror President Gotabaya Rajapaksa admitted today that he made a mistake by banning chemical farming, and therefore he decided to re-introduce it. He also said the government should have reached out to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for a programme much earlier. Making his remarks to the newly appointed Cabinet ministers, the […]

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A.P. will take lessons from Sri Lanka on organic farming: Minister

Tuesday, April 12th, 2022

It will not be imposed on farmers but the choice will be left to them: Minister K. Govardhan Reddy Environment-friendly organic farming will be promoted in the State to ensure premium price for the farm produce, Agriculture Minister Kakani Govardhan Reddy said, adding: However, the switch to organic farming will not be a sudden one […]

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Escalating Fertilizer Prices and Subsidy Removal

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2022

by Dr Parakrama Waidyanatha Courtesy The Island The Maha harvesting of rice is now nearing completion and the strong indications are that this season’s crop decline would be 40% to 50% due to lack of fertilizer. Concurrently, the yields of other crops too are dropping and the tea yields of 2022 could be the worst […]

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Lanka tea production drops to a 13 year low due to fertilizer ban

Saturday, March 19th, 2022

Courtesy Hiru News Official data showed yesterday that Sri Lanka’s tea crop suffered its lowest yield in 13 years, reducing output in the country’s main export commodity as the island grapples with its worst economic crisis in seven decades. The Sri Lanka Tea Board figures showed that monthly tea crops dropped to 18.16 million kilos […]

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Dollar crisis driven import issues to hamper Yala season

Tuesday, March 15th, 2022

Courtesy The Daily Mirror A seed crisis has emerged because of the impossibility of importing hybrid seeds due to the dollar crisis. (PIC: AFP) There are issues regarding importing fertilizer, pesticides and seeds for the Yala season due to the dollar crisis Farmers have faced difficulties during the Yala season due to the lack of […]

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