Sri Lanka to minimize the application of Agro chemical in agriculture

September 05, 2014 (LBO) – Sri Lanka cabinet has given approval to the progamme of work to minimize the application of agro chemicals in agriculture in the Island, a statement said. The programme was submitted to the Cabinet by Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena, Minister of Agriculture. Sri Lanka imports 8000 metric tons of agro chemicals and 900,000 metric tons of chemical fertilizers annually.

Sri Lanka™s Ministry of Agriculture has drawn up a programme to minimize the use of Agro-chemicals and pesticides by 2020, through minimizing the use of pesticides and agro- chemicals gradually, appointing officers to engage in agriculture extension activities as plant physician in crop clinics and by establishing organic villages.