A PROBLEM IN THE MAKING

A PROBLEM IN THE MAKING

Agriculture Exports Values:

Tea …………….. USD 1,346 mill
Rubber ……….. USD 24 mill
Coconut ……… USD 330 mill
Other Agri items USD 499 mill
Total exports USD 2,199 mil

Versus

Cost of Fertiliser, Pesticides and others

Imports total USD 400 mill

Who will take the responsibility for placing it at risk and affecting the above export figures?

And consider:

Going organic in toto is a noble standard. Bhutan tried for years and have now said they will need a further 15 years.

Does Sri Lanka have the luxury of gambling with our Agro export figures?

Sources: Dept of Agriculture and Central Bank.

Faraz Shauketaly