The mechanism has been formulated to provide organic fertilizer required for the Maha Season to the farmers without any shortage, the Government Officials of line institutions said. Accordingly, they said the entire process including farmer awareness, technical assistance and financial assistance is being continued uninterrupted.
This was revealed at the media briefing held at the Presidential Media Centre today (02) through the Webex Application.
The weekly media briefing of the Presidential Media Centre was held via Webex App due to the COVID-19 pandemic and today’s topic was ‘The Use of Organic Fertilizer and Regulation.’
The key government officials in the field and the representatives of all electronic and print media institutions joined the briefing.
Though the government has taken steps to manufacture local organic fertilizer, achieving the goal to manufacture the fertilizer quantity required for the farmers was hampered due to the current situation. Accordingly, it was revealed that arrangements have been made to import organic fertilizer of high international standard to address any shortage and also use bio-pesticides that are
covered by the Pesticides Act.
The full approval of the Fertilizer Advisory Committee has been granted for this. The officials also ensured that these organic fertilizers will be made available to the farmers after subjecting to laboratory and biodiversity research and testing.
Government officials says that the mechanism to provide organic fertilizer to farmers for the agricultural “Maha Season” without a shortage has been completed.
Although the government has taken steps to produce local organic fertilizer, it has been hampered by the prevailing situation. As a result, to fill the gap, standard organic fertilizer will import.
It has the full approval of the Fertilizer Advisory Committee. Officials also guarantee that these organic fertilizers will be made available to farmers after undergoing laboratory and biodiversity research.
Financial incentives of Rs. 12,500 per hectare up to a maximum of 02 hectares will be provided to farmers to encourage organic fertilizer production. Applications have already been issued and completed applications can be submitted to the Agricultural officers in the area or Agrarian Centers.
It was also revealed that a QR code will be issued for all imported and locally produced organic fertilizers in the future through which anyone can test its quality.
The 1920 hotline provides solutions to farmers’ problems and has prepared a team of technical officers covering every district for field inspections.
Responding to questions from the media on the challenges faced by the tea industry with the use of organic fertilizers, the officials said that the imported fertilizer samples are researching by Tea Research Institute and will recommend the most suitable organic fertilizer in the future.