August 2021

Farmers for a Phased Out Transition From Chemical to Organic Fertilizer; Supplemented With Advice
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Published on The Island The farming community of Sri Lankan doesn’t want a haphazard rush towards full-scale organic fertilizer use. Instead, they prefer a properly phased out process supplemented with adequate advice, a new survey has revealed, Executive Director of...
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Threat on Food Security ‘Significant’ and could be ‘Imminent’: Survey
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Published on The Island Over 90% of commercial farmers involved in a survey conducted among 1,042 farmers, in all the nine provinces, of the country say they currently use chemical fertiliser, and almost all of them expect reduction in their...
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Most Farmers Support Move Towards Organic Farming – Survey
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Published on Sunday Observer Almost two-thirds of the farmers are supportive of the Government’s vision to move Sri Lanka into organic agriculture, according to a survey on the ban on the import of chemical fertiliser conducted by Verité Research recently....
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Delving into the Controversial DCC Rate Hike by Banks
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Published on The Morning  Sri Lanka’s leading commercial banks decided to limit the foreign exchange transactions through credit cards and hike the Dynamic Currency Conversion (DCC) this past week, which caused panic for IT businesses, as their cost structures changed...
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Farmers Foresee Drop in Harvest Due to Govt.’s Rush to Embrace Organic Fertilizer
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Published on Daily Mirror  94% of paddy farmers dependent on chemical fertilizers Majority of farmers supportive of govt.’s policy of switching to organic farming practices But urge for realistic timeframe to implement the turn  Cite lack of knowledge on organic...
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Sri Lanka Farmers Expect Crop Drop From Fertilizer Ban, Want Time for Organic Move: Study
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Published on EconomyNext Sri Lanka’s farmers are expecting crop losses after a chemical fertilizer ban and want more time to learn about organic alternatives and their use, but most thought it was a good idea to drop chemicals, a study...
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Realistic or just Rhetoric? The Ban on Chemical Fertilizer
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Published on Groundviews  In early 2021, a survey conducted by the International Food Policy Research Institute, found that farmers faced food insecurity as a result of the measures that had been put into place to curb the spread of Covid-19. Of...
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Crucial Farmer Opinion on Synthetic Fertilizer Ban Warns of 50 percent Reduction in Harvest
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Published on CounterPoint  More than three quarters of farmers who took part in a country wide telephone survey last month said they currently use synthetic fertilizer to cultivate.  Their prediction that their harvest will reduce by almost half if they...
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Farmers Against Haphazard Rush to Switch to Organic Fertiliser
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Published on DailyFT First-of-its-kind survey by Verité Research reveals pulse of farmers on fertiliser issue Farmers supportive of Govt. vision to move to organic agriculture, but almost 80% feel shift would require more than a year  Urge properly phased-out process...
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Verité Research releases results of island-wide farmers’ survey on fertiliser ban
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On April 22, 2021, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa announced a ban on the import of chemical fertiliser in Sri Lanka. Verité Research conducted a “Farmers’ Pulse” telephone survey to elicit the views of farmers, on this policy and its expected impact....
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