President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has called on all stakeholders to work together to transform the global food system into a more sustainable transformation.
The President points out that sustainable food systems are part of Sri Lanka's rich socio-cultural and economic heritage.
President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has made these remarks while addressing the UN Food Systems Conference which commenced in New York yesterday (76) on the sidelines of the 23th Session of the United Nations General Assembly.
The theme of this year's UN Food Systems Conference is to accelerate the steps we need for the future.
The keynote address was delivered by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.
Addressing the conference, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa said that the Kovid epidemic was an opportunity to highlight the weaknesses in global food security and that the situation would worsen with climate change.
The President pointed out that the recent steps taken by his government to ban chemical pesticides and herbicides that adversely affect the health of the people and the environment are an important milestone in the Government's policy on sustainable development.
President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa pointed out that it is difficult to change the attitude of farmers who have been accustomed to chemical fertilizers for a long time and that it is a challenge to produce adequate organic fertilizers locally, adding that Sri Lanka welcomes technical and bilateral cooperation in this regard.
The President appreciated the technical assistance provided by the Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Food Program to Sri Lanka and thanked them for their support from other global organizations and scientific institutions.
President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa further stated that the goal of all Heads of State should be to ensure a better future for their countrymen and the planet and that all should work together to find solutions to the global challenges facing them.