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Agriculture Minister says the green agriculture policy will not be abandoned

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Agriculture Minister says the green agriculture policy will not be abandoned


Sat, Jan 1, 2022, 01:40 pm SL Time, ColomboWeb page News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Jan 01, Colombo: The Minister of Agriculture Mahindananda Aluthgamage says since the Green Agriculture Policy is an excellent choice taken by the Government, the Government and the President are dedicated to implement that policy regardless of the challenges.

The Minister mentioned though it might severely harm his political picture he will stand with the head of the state to implement these insurance policies with the good thing about the nation and the individuals in thoughts.

Recalling that he has beforehand held ministerial posts in a number of ministries, the Ministry of Agriculture is one among the most lively areas for mafias, with areas corresponding to fertilizer and paddy taking the lead.

He made these revelations throughout a dialogue with the new Secretary to the Ministry of Agriculture DML Bandaranayke and senior officers of the Ministry yesterday (31).

“There are many talented, honest and good officials in this Ministry. But some people spoil their heads and not let them work. It is because of such people who externally act as advisors that even the talented secretaries who came to this Ministry had to leave the Ministry. Former Secretary Prof. Udith Jayasinghe is also a very talented person.” He mentioned.

The Minister mentioned the former secretary Prof. Udith Jayasinghe was prepared to implement the authorities’s green agriculture policy however he was fully modified by the affect of a gaggle of so-called exterior advisers. “We have to be careful about this invisible hand,” he added.

The Minister mentioned the new Secretary ought to take over the duty of directing this Ministry from this 12 months. As the Minister, he will formulate insurance policies and provides them to acquire authorities approval. He hoped that the Secretary would direct the actions of the Ministry, evaluation the progress and submit month-to-month progress studies.

The Minister identified that the authorities has executed a substantial amount of work throughout the previous 12 months and that 4 establishments, together with the Janawasama, which have been destroyed throughout the final interval of fine governance, have now been made worthwhile.

Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage additional mentioned that he would not strain any official and that he would settle for the directions given to him by the officers relating to the authorities rules and act accordingly.

“The whole country is looking at the Ministry of Agriculture. Therefore, the activities of the Ministry should take place in a planned manner. Even the Rs. 75 million received by the Ministry last year could not be spent.”

The Minister mentioned that he personally needed to make nice efforts to carry progress evaluation conferences of the Ministry and that he ought to work with the new Secretary to beat all these shortcomings in the future.

Minister Aluthgamage mentioned that the establishments below the Ministry also needs to work with the Secretary in a clear method and provides their full assist to do away with the dependent economic system and strengthen the manufacturing economic system as anticipated by the authorities.

In explicit, the Minister mentioned that 100% of the import of chilies ought to be stopped by 2024 and the import of potatoes and onions ought to be restricted to 35%.

The Minister identified that his earlier ministries corresponding to the Ministry of Power and Energy and the Ministry of Sports had made numerous modifications that have been useful to the nation’s economic system. The Minister mentioned that everybody ought to be dedicated to finish the green agriculture program quickly and lead it to success.

The Minister urged all officers to proceed the program launched by the Ministry of Agriculture up to now with the dedication of the officers and to work extra successfully for the betterment of agriculture on this nation.