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* Certificates to be issued for organic farming in Sri Lanka
Tue, Feb 25, 2014, 01:23 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Feb 25, Colombo: Sri Lanka Standards Institute will issue standard certificates to farmers who use organic fertilizer devoid of chemical fertilizer and pesticides for cultivation, the Ministry of Technological Research and Atomic Energy said.

Awarding of the standard certificates will take place at 10.00 a.m. today at the Sri Lanka Standards Institute in Narahenpita,

The certification program initiated by the Sri Lanka Standards Institute aims to encourage the farmers to use organic fertilizer.

The Ministry said that the use of chemical fertilizer and pesticides has caused many problems in the country such as the chronic kidney disease and the consumption of food produced by using chemical fertilizer and pesticides adversely affect the health of the people.

The government encouraging the use of organic fertilizer in paddy and other cultivations has announced a higher price for paddy produced by using organic fertilizer in this year's Budget.

** Related Story :: Sri Lanka promotes manufacturing organic fertilizer

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