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* Sri Lanka to set up 25 organic fertilizer production units
Thu, Dec 30, 2010, 11:23 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Dec 30, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government is taking measures to promote usage of organic fertilizer among the country's farmers.

The Cabinet of ministers Wednesday approved a measure proposed by the Minister of Agrarian Services and Wildlife S.M. Chandrasena to expand the fertilizer subsidy to farmers and to promote the usage of organic fertilizer.

Under the proposed measures a pilot project will be launched to set up an organic fertilizer production unit in each of the 25 districts in the country.

Currently, the government provides a fertilizer subsidy of Rs. 30 billion to supply the fertilizer for paddy farmers at a price of Rs. 350 for a 50 kg bag of fertilizer. The subsidized price is just 10 percent of the market price.

With the promotion of organic fertilizer the government expects to reduce the use of chemical fertilizer by 15 percent in the first stage with the ultimate goal of reducing the use of chemical fertilizer up to 25 percent.

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