Why a delay in issuing Gazette over chemical fertilizer?

Monday, 29 November 2021 - 8:27

Samagi Jana Balawegeya (SJB) MP Nalin Bandara stated that the reason for the delay in issuing the gazette notification regarding the ban on chemical fertilizers was the importation of fertilizers through private companies.

The Gazette Notification issued on 22 December 2014 prohibiting the use or sale of five types of pesticides including Glyphosate was revoked by a gazette notification issued by the Registrar of Pesticides on 22 November.

Accordingly, in addition to the herbicide glyphosate, the ban on propranolol herbicide was lifted and the ban on carbaryl, chlorpyrifos and carbofuran was lifted in the gazette notification.

However, despite the Minister of Agriculture Mahindananda Aluthgamage stating during the budget debate that a gazette notification will be issued again on 26 November banning chemical fertilizers, it has not been issued yet.

Meanwhile, farmers in the Horowpathana-Kalukubedigiliya village stated that their maize cultivations have been affected by 'sena' caterpillars due to the lack of fertilizer.

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