Agriculture Minister calls for action to stop imports of seeds and powdered milk by 2024
Wed, Sep 15, 2021, 11:52 p.m. SL time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.
September 15, Colombo: Agriculture Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage said the Agriculture Ministry has taken action to implement 22 policy programs over the past year for improving the agricultural sector by protecting producers dairy farmers, oak producers and rice producers.
The Minister stressed that this is perhaps the first time that so much work has been done in a year in the field of agriculture with various challenges.
The minister revealed this during a progress review meeting held yesterday (14) with the secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture and the secretaries and heads of institutions of state ministries linked to the ‘Agriculture.
He also said that the import of seeds to Sri Lanka should be stopped by 2024 and produce the seeds required in the country and that the goal of stopping the import of powdered milk and accustoming the population to the liquid milk should be reached.
The Minister said that it is the responsibility of all of us to work towards the achievement of the defined goals in the agricultural sector as stated in President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa’s policy statement “Vision for Prosperity” without being influenced by multinational corporations. .
The discussion also focused on stopping imports of chillies completely and reducing imports of potatoes and onions to 35%.
The minister also stressed that the obsolete ordinances concerning the Ministry of Agriculture and its subsidiaries should be amended and updated quickly.
Attention was also drawn to the need to reduce waste in transporting vegetables and speed up the implementation of the program to stop ill-gotten goods from intermediaries while paying farmers a good price for their products and by transporting them by train to economic centers. .
It has been revealed that although the Janatha Estate Development Board under the Ministry of Agriculture went bankrupt under the previous regime, progress has been made in making profits over the past year.
Lanka Phosphate Company has also increased its production capacity from 4,000 to 7,000 MT, the minister noted.