Our Freedom of food security in the production of our food. Our agriculture is controlled by multinational companies. In 1962 new hybrid verities of paddy were introduced which needed artificial manner. It is not only spending money of the nation but also making the soil and water poised leading to unidentified diseases etc. We need to change this system for it is of paramount importance to have the right kind of political leadership. Switzerland and Cuba are good example to follow for our food security and freedom.
Sustainable Agricultural Development Programme
Under the leadership of Ven. Athuraliye Rathana thero, a special programme to promote, uplift and develop sustainable agriculture in Sri Lanka has been started by the Ministry of Agriculture recently. Under this programme funds are allocated to cluster villages which are mainly dependant on agriculture. Sustainable agricultural methods, which reduce the use of toxic chemicals as pesticides and fertiliser, will be introduced to the farmers of these villages under this programme.
The initial field visits were conducted by Ven. Rathana thero at traditional paddy farming villages in Anuradhapura district. Some of the officials from responsible government institutions were also present at these field visits.