The Sri Lankan government is stepping up food import substitution with a new program to boost local production of 16 agriculture products within the next four years. Among these products are paddy, chili, potato, big onion, red onion, corn, black gram, green gram, cowpea, soya, sesame, finger millet and peanut. This policy is aimed at transforming the nation from an import-oriented to a self-sufficient, export-oriented economy.
“President Gotabaya Rajapaksa intends to strengthen agriculture production in the country, where all of these products could have been cultivated in the country according to his policy statement ‘Vistas of Prosperity and Splendour’. The government will extend support to provide good seed and planting materials as well as to promote and popularise organic agriculture during the next 10 years,” Agriculture Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage told journalists yesterday.
Citing 2019 import data, the Minister said the Government has spent Rs. 210 billion to import potato, dried chili, big onion, red onion, corn, milk powder and seeds. He believes the new program will help to boost agriculture production, whilst significantly contributing to the national economy.
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