Govt. kick-starts the revival of the rural economy; food safety

  • The President officiates at the launch of multi-sectoral combined mechanism to empower rural economic revitalization centers to ensure food security and nutrition
  • Says no citizen should starve for lack of food
  • 7 food safety committees
  • Prioritizing the eradication of malnutrition
  • Fertilizers at reasonable prices for farmers
  • Continuity of agricultural inputs for a successful season
  • Plans to meet local food needs by 2025

President Ranil Wickremesinghe

The multi-sector mechanism to empower rural economic revitalization centers to achieve food security and nutrition was launched yesterday under the patronage of President Ranil Wickremesinghe. The vision of the government’s food security program is to ensure that every citizen has access to enough food at a reasonable price to lead an active and healthy life, regardless of the country’s situation.

The government launched this program with the aim of achieving the twin goals of ensuring that no citizen of the country starves to death from lack of food and no child falls victim to malnutrition. In order to achieve this dual objective, it is necessary to protect all families in the country against poverty.

The relevant mechanism has been implemented through seven committees while the National Food Security and Nutrition Council will operate under the chairmanship of the President.

The Joint National Mechanism on Food Security and Nutrition will operate under the chairmanship of the Secretary to the President while the Technical Advisory Committee on Food Security and Nutrition will be chaired by the Secretary of the Prime Minister.

The Provincial Joint Food Security and Nutrition Mechanism will operate under the chairmanship of the Provincial Governors while the District Joint Food Security and Nutrition Mechanism will be chaired by the District Secretaries. The Combined Regional Mechanism on Food Security and Nutrition should be implemented under the chairmanship of the Division Secretaries.

The Rural Economic Revitalization Centers will include Grama Niladhari, Development Officer, Agricultural Research and Production Assistant, Samurdhi Niyamaka Niladhari, Midwife, Principal of the nearest school and two representatives from the local government institution.

This program will operate under the leadership of President Ranil Wickremesinghe under the instructions of the President’s Food Security Advisor, Dr. Suren Batagoda, joined by the entire machinery of government, Prime Minister and Secretary to the President at Grama Niladari , the private sector, non-governmental organizations, professionals and religious leaders.

It is planned to locally produce 3.6 million metric tons of the country’s total rice requirements, 50% of the annual onion requirements and 35% of the potato requirements.

It is also planned to produce 20% of the annual soybean requirements of 250,000 metric tons in the country by 2025, 20% of the dry chilli requirements to be produced locally by 2025 and all of the cowpea, green bean , peas, sesame. seeds and peanuts to be produced locally by 2025.

It is expected to produce this year 80% of the 650,000 metric tons of corn needed annually for the development of livestock such as eggs and poultry meat. By 2025, Sri Lanka is expected to locally increase all of its maize requirements.

Currently, steps have been taken to import 230,000 metric tons of urea, 100,000 metric tons of TSP and 182,000 metric tons of MOP required for the production of wheat and maize during the Maha season under the line of credit from the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank and India. import the fertilizers necessary for the production of other food crops with the contribution of the private sector.

Facilities are to be provided to purchase agrochemicals and organic fertilizers from the market without shortage and it is planned to supply a 50 kg packet of urea at a fair price below the current market price.

The government has already launched the mechanism to supply the chemical fertilizers, organic fertilizers, agrochemicals and seeds to the farmers through the market at the right time to make the 2022 season a success.

It is planned to bring the products of the agriculture and livestock sector to the production level of the year 2018 and the necessary agricultural inputs, including seeds, chemicals, chemical fertilizers, animal feed and fuel, will be provided in sufficient quantity.

To achieve these production goals, it is planned to use modern and advanced irrigation systems and technologies. It is also planned to reach the production of the agriculture and livestock sector to the levels recorded in 2018 and sufficient quantities of agricultural inputs such as seeds, chemicals, chemical fertilizers, animal feed and fuel will be provided to achieve this goal.

Modern advanced irrigation systems and technologies should be used to achieve production targets. The concept of government fertilization should be popularized in the plantations, thereby increasing the productivity of production.

Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena, Minister of Agriculture, Wildlife and Forest Conservation Mahinda Amaraweera, Secretary to the President Saman Ekanayake, Presidential Advisor for National Food Security Dr. Suren Batagoda and government officials , including governors, ministry secretaries, district secretaries, provincial chief secretaries, bank and company presidents were present at the inauguration.

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