Secretary to the Ministry of Agriculture K.E.Karunarathne said that the government has given prominence to the development of the agricultural sector. In the year 2005 , Sri Lanka has imported 85 percent of its requirement of corn. However by last year, Sri Lanka was able to produce 85 percent of its corn requirement.
He added that this is an ample testimony to the government’s development programme . The government has not imported any corn this year.
He also said that the incentives provided by the government including the fertilizer subsidy has resulted in reaping a bountiful harvest. The Department of Agrarian Services Development will implement a programme to reconstruct all minor irrigation systems next year.
This will be a tremendous boost to the programme to re-cultivate abandoned paddy lands. Additional Secretary to the Ministry of Agriculture G.A.M.S.Amitiyagoda said seed production villages are being set up to increase agricultural seed production. Director of the Organic Fertilizer Division of the Ministry Hemantha Wijewardena said an Islandwide programme has been implemented to popularize to usage of organic fertilizer.