Government today will take a major step towards a gradual turn around from the use of imported agrochemicals, to locally produced organic and bio fertilizers. The programme for a Vasa Visa Nethi Ratak — a mission to make Sri Lanka free of poisonous agrochemicals and thereby, free of poisoned or polluted food including rice, vegetables and fruits — will be officially launched today, with a three-day exhibition and sale of organically produced food items.
The Vasa Visa Nethi Ratak project was one of the main promises made during the election campaign which brought President Maithripala Sirisena and the National Unity Government to office on January 8, last year.The three-day exhibition and sale will be held from March 6-8 at the BMICH, from 10 am to 9 pm daily. It has been organised by the Presidential Secretariat and the Ministry of Agriculture. The Organisers said there would be about 350 stalls selling organically grown native rice, other grains, vegetables and fruit at affordable prices.