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* Sri Lanka's Agriculture Ministry to promote food crop cultivation among tobacco farmers
Tue, Jan 18, 2011, 07:57 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Jan 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Agriculture Minister Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena has said the government has asked tobacco cultivators to switch to growing either vegetables or fruits.

Abeywardena has told the media today that the government is considering to ban tobacco cultivation in the country. All tobacco farmers are to be asked to cultivate food crops.

In order to encourage tobacco cultivators to switch to cultivating food crops, the Minister has said the government would not grant the fertilizer subsidy to tobacco cultivators.

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