President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa emphasizes that steps will be taken to suspend the import of chemical fertilizers. A statement issued by the Presidential Media Unit states that the President has decided to implement this ban within a very short period of time.
Although the use of chemical fertilizers can lead to higher yields, the President has taken this decision considering the adverse effects of chemical fertilizers on human lives. During a meeting with the heads of state corporations and statutory boards yesterday, the President emphasized that no matter how high a harvest is obtained by losing human lives, the loss of human lives lost cannot be compensated by that high harvest.
The President states that the people expected a policy change when he came to power and accordingly he will stand for the fulfillment of those aspirations of the people.