Sri Lanka will be able to become the first country in the world to adapt into 100 per cent organic farming by getting rid of chemical fertiliser, said President Gotabaya Rajapaksa following his visit to the Organic Fertiliser Processing Centre and the associated organic farming grounds in Bunnehepola, Udubaddawa.
The President emphasised that the move will also benefit the tourism industry in Sri Lanka.
A foreign market could be created for the cultivated agricultural crops and Sri Lanka would have the opportunity to earn foreign exchange through several sectors influenced by organic farming, the President added.
The paddy farming community should receive a fair price for their harvest and the guaranteed price of paddy, which is Rs. 50 per kilo at the moment, is expected to be increased up to Rs. 150 per kilogram, Rajapaksa added.
Those who oppose the ban of chemical fertiliser are not vocal about kidney diseases and cancer, the President went on, adding that what should be done is disease prevention, not establishing more hospitals to treat them, as one of the main objectives of banning chemical fertiliser is saving the farming community from such diseases.