Organic farming is not a simple process like applying compost to crops, but a more complex process, says the President of the Sri Lanka Organic Agriculture Association, Thilak Kariyawasam. He points out that there are a number of factors that need to be met in that complex process and that it is a long-term process.
He was speaking at an online discussion organized by the National Movement for a Just Society on 'Science and Myth'.
He points out that the government is preparing to ban chemical fertilizers and agro chemicals completely to create a dark picture of organic farming and thereby discourage organic farming. He says that this is to discourage farmers who are currently engaged in organic farming in the midst of difficulties.
Kariyawasam further stated that the expected yield could not be obtained by applying only compost fertilizer without completing the other factors required for organic farming and as a result the public opinion was established that organic farming is a completely unsuccessful method.
During the Yahapalanaya government, Athuraliye Rathana Thera along with the Presidential Secretariat launched an emergency program to popularize organic farming, but in the end, the farmers who participated in the program were helpless to sell their produce, said Thilak Kariyawasam. He says that the government is preparing to reactivate the program in a different guise.