Author Archive for Chemical Fertilizer Ban

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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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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Organic Agriculture Nightmare Tanks Sri Lanka’s Economy

Thursday, March 10th, 2022

James Conca Courtesy Forbes Again and again, new solutions for the environment and human society fail if not properly planned and executed. Whether it’s widescale use of renewables, closing nuclear plants with no plan to replace the generation, or big infrastructure builds just to make jobs, if the rush to emplace is more important than their […]

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මන්නාරමේ වී අස්වැන්න 50%කින් බසී…

Friday, February 18th, 2022

වන්නි රොමේෂ් මධුෂංඛ උපුටා ගැන්ම ලංකා සී නිව්ස් උතුරු පලාතේ සහල නැලිය ලෙසින් හැඳින්වෙන මන්නාරම් දිස්ත්‍රීක්කයේ මෙවර මවකන්නයේ වී අස්වැන්නට නිසි කලට පොහොර නොලැබීම හේතුවෙන්  අස්වැන්න 50 %කින් පමණ අඩුවෙනු ඇතැයි දිස්ත්‍රීක් ගොවීහු පෙන්වා දෙති. මන්නාරම පූවර්සන්කුලම් ප්‍රදේශයේ වී අස්වැන්න නෙලීමේ කටයුතු මේ දින වල සිදුවන අතරම එම ප්‍රදේශයේ පිහිටි සියලු කුඹුරු ගොවිතැන්හි වී වගාවන් සඳහා […]

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Sri Lanka: Government’s Badly Planned Organic Farming Policy Upsets Rice Farmers

Friday, February 11th, 2022

By R.M. Samanmalee Swarnalatha Courtesy Eurasiareview Sri Lankan government’s badly planned organic farming policy that has banned the use of chemical fertilizer in farms has upset farmers in this rice-growing heartland and a political stronghold of the ruling coalition. The policy has also drawn criticism from agricultural experts, who warn that Sri Lanka’s food security […]

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මහ කන්නයේ අස්වැන්න අඩු වී ඇතැ යි ගොවීන්ගෙන් චෝදනා (වීඩියෝ)

Thursday, February 10th, 2022

උපුටා ගැන්ම  හිරු පුවත් කාබනික පොහොර යොදා සිදු කළ මෙවර මහ කන්නයේ අස්වැන්න සැලකිය යුතු ප්‍රමාණයකින් අඩු වී ඇතැ යි බොහෝ ප්‍රදේශවල ගොවීන් පවසනවා. ඇතැම් ප්‍රදේශවල ගොවීන් පෙන්වා දෙන්නේ, රජයෙන් ප්‍රමාණවත් තරම් කාබනික පොහොර ද නො ලැබුණු බවයි. මෙවර මහ කන්නය යටතේ කාබනික පොහොර යොදා ගනිමින් ගාල්ල දිස්ත්‍රික්කයේ ප්‍රදේශ කිහිපයක ගොවීන් වී වගාව සිදු කර […]

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Dr Parakrama Waidyanatha

Sunday, February 6th, 2022

Courtesy Island Numerous positive claims are often cited for organic farming such as being environmentally friendly, superior food quality free from pesticides and other toxins, efficient energy use and sustainable food production. Much of these are highly contestable, and the most critical issue, why it is expanding only at a snail pace, is hardly discussed. […]

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For Canada, organic food is an expensive status symbol. For Sri Lanka, it’s a catastrophe

Friday, February 4th, 2022

DOUG SAUNDERS Courtesy The Globe & Mail Next time you think of reaching for the higher-priced produce on your supermarket’s organic” shelf, spare a moment’s thought for the people of Sri Lanka. After its annual rice harvest failed, this poor island nation – whose diet is about 80-per-cent rice – in recent weeks launched a […]

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See what pesticide ban did to Sri Lanka

Tuesday, February 1st, 2022

Courtesy Ukragroconsult 1 February 2022 If it is possible to learn from the mistakes of others, a moment has come for our parliamentary committees and the Ministry of Agriculture to take a good look at Sri Lanka. For, what better way to implement great policies than by seeing their impact beforehand? And, as the Kenyan […]

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Sri Lankan families go hungry as cost of food skyrockets

Tuesday, February 1st, 2022

ByJoe Wallen, SOUTH ASIA CORRESPONDENT and Nishantha Hewage IN COLOMBO courtesy The Telegraph The country’s worst economic crisis, compounded by a disastrous switch to organic farming, leaves impoverished unable to buy essential items Dinner time has become Susila Irangani’s least favourite time of the day. Nowadays, the 62-year-old never knows whether she will be able to put food on […]

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Samagi Agrarian manifesto released today (Video)

Sunday, January 30th, 2022

Courtesy Hiru News The ‘Samagi Govijana Prakashanaya’ of the Samagi Jana Balawega was launched in Polonnaruwa this morning (29). It is headed by the Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa. The launching ceremony of the Samagi Jana Balawega’s Samagi Govijana Manifesto commenced this morning near the Parakrama Samudra in Polonnaruwa. The event was inaugurated by the Opposition […]

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අනාගත කෘෂිකර්මාන්තය පිළිබඳව සමගි ජනබලවේගයේ දැක්ම

Sunday, January 30th, 2022

උපුටා ගැන්ම ලංකා සී නිව්ස් පොහොර තහනම් කොට ගොවිජනතාව මහා ව්‍යසනයකට ඇද දැමූ ආණ්ඩුව,ඒ ගොවි ජනතාව අසීරුවෙන් ගොවිතැන් කොට අස්වැන්න නෙළා ගන්නට සූදානම් වන විට චීනෙන් සහ ඉන්දියාවෙන් සහල් ගෙන්වීමට කටයුතු කොට ඇතැයි ද විපක්ෂ නායකතුමා පැවසීය. අනාගත කෘෂිකර්මාන්තය පිළිබඳව සමගි ජනබලවේගයේ දැක්ම, ප්‍රතිපත්තිය සහ වැඩ පිළිවෙල ඇතුලත් ” සමගි ගොවිජන ප්‍රකාශනය” දේශයට දායාද කිරීමේ […]

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Chinese company takes fight against Sri Lanka to UN

Wednesday, January 26th, 2022

Courtesy The Daily Mirror A Chinese company embroiled in a dispute with Sri Lanka over organic fertilizer, has made a formal complaint with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Qingdao Seawin Biological Group Co., Ltd, in an email to Daily Mirror sent through a local agent, said that the complaint was made […]

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කෘෂිකර්ම ඇමතිට ගොවීන්ගෙන් ප්‍රතිචාර…

Wednesday, January 26th, 2022

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President to support green gram cultivation in lands not suitable for paddy

Sunday, January 23rd, 2022

Courtesy Adaderana The Government intends to support Green Gram (Mung bean) cultivation as an intermediate crop in the lands where paddy cannot be cultivated, according to the President’s Media Division. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has taken this decision considering the information received during the observation duties at the Department of Agrarian Development. President Rajapaksa has instructed […]

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Farmers grappling with low harvest in Maha season, while Yala failure looms

Saturday, January 22nd, 2022

Courtesy News 1st COLOMBO (News 1st); The fertilizer crisis is continuing to aggravate in the public, leaving farmers helpless, and potentially affecting the country’s food supply. Although the Government continues to maintain its organic fertilizer policy, permission has been granted to import chemical fertilizer. However, the rising cost of imports has caused fertilizer prices to rise […]

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Spotlight on looming food crisis

Wednesday, January 19th, 2022

Courtesy The Daily Mirror According to food experts a rice shortage seems unavoidable Reportedly, 300,000 Metric Tons of Nadu and Samba are to be imported to address the rice shortage The price of one kilo of rice would be 200 rupees a kilo by March 1500 containers of food items such as sugar, milk powder, […]

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Faulty decisions

Tuesday, January 18th, 2022

Dr. C. S. Weeraratna Courtesy The Island Farmers protesting against the prevailing fertiliser shortage. (file photo) The importation of chemical fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides was banned by a Cabinet Memorandum, dated April 27, 2021, to promote the use of organic fertilizers and natural pesticides. As a result, inorganic fertilisers such as urea, Triple superphosphate, Muriate […]

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More power to Farmers

Tuesday, January 18th, 2022

Courtesy The Daily Mirror Farmers who use complete organic fertilizer for their crops are very rare in Sri Lanka Before this ban, the cost of fertilizer was about Rs.3,000 and now it’s Rs.9,000 If our food security is under threat, that becomes a national security issue Agriculture should be changed into a situation where the farmers have […]

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පොළොන්නරුවේ වී ගොවීන් මුහුණ දී සිටින සැබෑ තත්ත්වය පිළිබඳ හෙළිදරව්වක්

Monday, January 17th, 2022

උපුටාගැණීම අද දෙරණ පොහොර අර්බුදය මධ්‍යයේ වුවද පොළොන්නරුව පරාක්‍රම සමුද්‍රය සහ මින්නේරිය ගොවි ව්‍යාපාරවල වගා කටයුතු සාමාන්‍ය පරිදි සිදුකෙරෙන බව “අද දෙරණ” එහි කළ සංචාරයේදී අනාවරණ විය. එහෙත් මෙවර අපේක්ෂිත අස්වැන්න නොලැබෙන බවත් එළඹෙන කන්නයේදී රසායනික පොහොර නොලැබුණහොත් තමන් කුඹුරු වගා නොකරන බවත්  එම ගොවීන් පවසයි. පොළොන්නරුව දිස්ත්‍රික්කයේ මෙම කන්නයට පෙර සාමාන්‍ය කන්නයකදී වගාකරන ලද […]

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Crop damage: Farmers protest conditional fertiliser compensation

Saturday, January 8th, 2022

By Maneesha Dullewe Courtesy The morning Concerns over compensation mapping process Farmer trade unions have protested a decision by the Government to only provide compensation to farmers who suffered crop damage due to the use of organic fertiliser issued by the State, stressing that the conditions had been imposed retroactively.  Farmers are also questioning how […]

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කෘෂිකර්ම ඇමතිට ගොවීන්ගෙන් පිළිතුරු – සහල් හිඟයක් ගැනත් අනතුරු ඇඟවීම් (වීඩියෝ)

Friday, January 7th, 2022

උපුටා ගැන්ම  හිරු පුවත් වී කිලෝවක් රුපියල් 75 කට මිලදී ගැනීමේ කටයුතු රජය ආරම්භ කළ බව කෘෂිකර්ම අමාත්‍යවරයා පැවසුව ද එම මිලට හෝ ලබාදීමට වී තොග තමන් සන්තකයේ නොමැති බව ගොවීන් පවසනවා. මේ අතර, යල කන්නයේ මිලදී ගත් වී තොග මේ වන විට අවසන් ඇති බවයි වී අලෙවි මණ්ඩලයේ උසස් නිලධාරියෙකු කියා සිටියේ. කෙසේ වෙතත්, […]

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Chemical fertilizer will be imported for Yala season: Mahindananda

Thursday, January 6th, 2022

Written by Amani Nilar  Courtesy News 1St COLOMBO (News 1st); Adequate chemical fertilizer will be imported in time for the upcoming Yala season, says Minister of Agriculture, Mahindananda Aluthgamage.  Speaking to media, the Minister admitted that as there is not enough time to purchase chemical fertilizer and use it for the existing Maha season, the […]

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If there’s a scarcity food will be imported – Aluthgamage

Wednesday, January 5th, 2022

By Tharaka Samman Courtesy Ceylon Today Agriculture Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage said, if there is a food shortage in the country, then food items will be imported just like Dubai and Singapore do. He was speaking at a ceremony to mark the 50th Anniversary of the Eppawala Phosphate Limited. Many speak about food security and food […]

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ආහාර හිඟ වුණොත්, රටින් ගේනවා ! – මහින්දානන්ද (වීඩියෝ)

Wednesday, January 5th, 2022

උපුටා ගැන්ම  හිරු පුවත් ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ ආහාර හිඟයක් ඇතිවුවහොත් ඊට පිළියම් ලෙස විදෙස් රටවලින් ආහාර ආනයනය කරන බව කෘෂිකර්ම අමාත්‍ය මහින්දානන්ද අලුත්ගමගේ පවසනවා. මේ අතර, රජයේ අනුවණ තීරණ හේතුවෙන් වගා හානි වූ ගොවීන්ට ආණ්ඩුව කොන්දේසි විරහිතව වන්දි ලබා දිය යුතු බව සමස්ත ලංකා ගොවිජන සම්මේලනයේ කැඳවුම්කරු නාමල් කරුණාරත්න පවසනවා. පොහෙර නොමැතිව වගා හානි වීම හේතුවෙන් […]

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Fertilizer crisis: Farmers facing difficulties due to lack of fertilizer (Video)

Monday, January 3rd, 2022

Courtesy Hiru News The National Federation of Tea Smallholders stated that they have faced many difficulties due to the collapse of their products. Meanwhile, farmers in several parts of the country are still complaining about the lack of fertilizer.

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