Secretary to the Ministry of Agriculture Prof. Udith K. Wijewardena stated that the gazette notification banning the use of chemical fertilizers was issued on wrong instructions. It was stated today (20) that Mr. Jayasinghe will be mentioned.
That is, quoting a daily newspaper report.
The Secretary has stated that neither President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa nor the government nor the Minister in charge of the subject is responsible for this and that it should be done correctly when giving advice to top political officials.
The Secretary said that he too had contributed to the formulation of the President's Prosperity Vision Policy Statement.
Therefore, instead of issuing a gazette notification banning the use of agrochemicals, the importation of high quality eco-friendly plant nutrients should be allowed, he said.
He has also stated that if the gazette notification had been issued in this manner the situation in the country today would have been a better one.
According to newspaper reports, the President discussed the current situation with ministers, researchers and administrators and discussed the need to resolve the current issue.