chemical fertiliser

50% Fall in Paddy Yield Points to Necessity to Import 1 mn Metric Tonnes of Rice
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Published on The Sunday Times A paddy shortage by the end of February is now inevitable and the Government will have to import 800,000 to one million metric tons of rice to avoid scarcity during the April Sinhala and Tamil...
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Fertiliser Crisis highlights need for Rationality, Science and Merit in Governance
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Published on The Island The government decision to import ‘quality plant nutrients,’ including urea, corrects a major mistake which should not have been made and has cost farmers and the economy dear.  So far, the relaxation of the ban seems...
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Farmers Have ‘Grown Accustomed’ to Fertiliser, Rajapaksa Tells Glasgow
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Published on Tamil Guardian Sri Lanka’s president said farmers on the island had “grown accustomed to overusing fertilizer as an easy means of increasing yields,” as he doubled down on a policy that has sparked protests amongst Tamil and Sinhala...
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How Sri Lanka’s Flip to Organic Farming has now caused row with China over Fertiliser Crisis
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Published on ThePrint A fresh crisis seems to be brewing between Sri Lanka and China after the Chinese Embassy in the island nation Saturday declared that the state-owned People’s Bank of Sri Lanka has been blacklisted over its failure to make a payment...
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How Sri Lanka’s Overnight Flip to Total Organic Farming has led to an Economic Disaster
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Published on The Print President Gotabaya Rajapaksa was forced to impose an economic emergency on 31 August to contain soaring food inflation, and currency devaluation and forex reserves crisis. Sri Lanka has been hit by a serious economic emergency even...
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How Sri Lanka’s Overnight Flip to Total Organic Farming Has Led to an Economic Disaster
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Published in The Print New Delhi: Sri Lanka has been hit by a serious economic emergency even as it struggles to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic. Dwindling foreign exchange reserves, a sinking currency and soaring food inflation have come together to create...
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Good Food for the Rich
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Published in The Sunday Times As Sri Lanka banned the usage and import of chemical fertiliser for agriculture production – for both domestic agriculture and plantation agriculture -, I too received many requests from some of my regular readers to...
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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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