NCE hails fertilizer price reduction

NCE hails fertilizer price reduction

The Government’s decision to reduce prices of all fertilizer extended
to all crops has laid the foundation for an unprecedented era in export
agriculture in Sri Lanka, National Chamber of Exporters of Sri Lanka
President Sarath De Silva said.

“The fertilizer subsidy of paddy farmers has guaranteed that our
staple food is secured. It has made the farmer stronger, and be able to
withstand the shocks of global warming manifested in the form of periods
of extreme weather,” he said.

“As exporters we feel the whole nation will from now on join in the
production of agri-based raw materials, which is the industry raw
material that will enhance the export of value added Sri Lankan Agri-exports
of spices , fruits and vegetables and pulses. The long-felt need of “a
shot in the arm” to activate Agri-raw material productions has been
achieved by this timely introduction of a fertilizer subsidy to all
Agricultural crops from May 7, 2011,” he said.

He appealed to the Government to go a step further and make provision
for the proposed Agri-cooperatives in the North Central, North and the
Eastern Province.

“This will enable use of the above meaningful reduction in fertilizer
prices to grow red chilies, big onions, green gram, black gram and
kurrakkan to substitute imports saving billions of rupees for the Sri
Lankan economy.

This will also enable to find a solution to the problem of
identifying large parcels of lands that are required for the purpose of
large-scale high tech agriculture in Sri Lanka,” he said.

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