Sri Lanka should rebuild agriculture sector instantly to forestall meals shortages: PM


ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka should start rebuilding its agriculture sector instantly to forestall looming meals shortages and retain the worldwide marketplace for export crops, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe mentioned.

“We’re shedding the worldwide marketplace for our export crops. Motion should be taken to forestall this. [Inorganic] fertilizers are wanted to spice up native agriculture.  It prices 600 million US {dollars} a yr to import fertilizer for paddy, greens, fruits, and different main crops in addition to our tea, rubber, coconut and export crops.

“Since manure must be utilized on occasion from the start to the tip of a harvest, it’s important that fertilizer is imported with none shortages. We should make sure that no cash or effort will likely be wasted,” Wickremesinghe mentioned in an announcement made to parliament on Monday (07).

Sri Lanka’s agriculture sector has taken a catastrophic hit from President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s ill-conceived in a single day shift to natural farming. Compounded by the nation’s worsening foreign exchange disaster, Sri Lanka is now a attainable meals scarcity round October, as warned by a number of authorities officers together with Agriculture Minister Mahinda Amaraweera.

“Our harvest has declined prior to now a number of months. We’ve got to face this case at and we have now to work onerous from this level onwards to make sure the subsequent harvest is successful. That harvest, nonetheless, will likely be obtainable by the tip of February 2023,” mentioned Wickremesinghe.

“By way of rice, our nation’s annual rice requirement is 2.5 million metric tons.  However we have now only one.6 million metric tons of rice in inventory.  This isn’t restricted to paddy however applies to many different crops. In a couple of months we should face critical difficulties and shortages when it comes to our diets. We have to import meals objects to satisfy our every day necessities. It prices about 150 million {dollars} a month,” he mentioned.

In the meantime, the cupboard of ministers on Monday (06) permitted a proposal to supply 150,000 MT of urea, 45,000 MT of MOP and 36,000 MT of TSP fertilizer for farmers for the subsequent Maha cultivation season by way of the Ceylon Fertilizer Firm and the Colombo Business Fertilizer firm.

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(Colombo/May07/2022)

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