Import of the majority of food items that can be produced locally will be …

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Minister of agriculture Mahinda Yapa Abeywardhana said that import of many agricultural products that can be produced locally will be banned by 2015.Sri Lanka has become self sufficient in rice during the last two years.

  Addressing a function held in the ministry today Mr.Yapa said that  arrangements are now being made to export rice.  At the time Sri Lanka became independent, the population of the country was 6.5 million persons. But 60 percent of  food requirements at that time was imported. At present the  population of the country has increased to 21 million. The minister said that an agricultural programme to meet the food requirements of the current population is being implemented   at present. The agricultural sector is reaping the benefits of the fertilizer subsidy. The ministry has identified the need to revise the Seeds Act.  He said that  revisions to this act is being formulated  in order to provide high quality seeds to the farmers. 

 

The minister also distributed plant saplings to the media personnel  who attended the function.

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