President to ban chemical fertiliser import soon 

  • Says health cost outweighs economic benefit 


President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has pledged to impose a complete ban on the import of chemical fertilisers in the near future despite its effectiveness in ensuring a good harvest, considering its adverse health impact.

“Chemical fertilisers are effective in producing a good harvest, but the water pollution it leads to and the harmful health effects that results in cannot be compensated by the profit created by it. It has been proven that chemical fertilisers can cause kidney disease and many other non-communicable diseases,” President Rajapaksa said.

He had stated this during a meeting held yesterday (22) at the President’s House, according to a release by the President’s Media Division.

He said that it is more important to conserve human and animal life than to yield a better harvest using chemical fertilisers, and that he would turn the entire agriculture sector on to carbonic fertiliser.

He also urged authorities to develop the process of carbon-based fertiliser manufacturing locally.