fertiliser ban

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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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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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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