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No organic solutions to diseases affecting potato and big onion cultivations – Agriculture Minister

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There were no organic solutions to diseases afflicting potatoes and Bombay onions, Minister of Agriculture, Mahindananda Aluthgamage said on Thursday, addressing a press conference.

The Agriculture Minister said that they had asked the President permission to import a stock of pesticides and fungicides to be kept with the Ministry of Agriculture.

“We will not sell this in the market. We will only use it if there is a serious outbreak of diseases,” he said.

Minister Aluthgamage said that if farmers incurred losses by following organic agricultural practices, the government would compensate them. A circular would be issued next week regarding the compensation, he said.

“Last year, there was a surplus of 1.2 million metric tonnes of paddy. Thus, even if there is a drop of 15% in production, we will be able to manage,” he said.

State Minister Shashindra Rajapaksa said that some officials did not like organic agriculture and had done a lot to undermine the government’s drive to ensure Sri Lankans consumed healthy food. Action would be taken against such officials soon, he said.

“When farmers go and ask for advice on organic agriculture, some officials say they don’t know and to ask those who took the decision to go organic. They say these publicly. Soon we will take action against them,” Rajapaksa said. (RK)



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Navy intercept multi-day fishing trawler carrying 200kg of narcotics

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It has been reported that the Sri Lanka Navy has intercepted a multi-day fishing trawler carrying around 200kg of narcotics suspected to be heroin and crystal methamphetamine (‘Ice’) off the southern coast of the island.

The boat and crew  were to be brought to the Galle Harbour,

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Advisory for Severe Lightning issued to Western, Southern, Sabaragamuwa, Northern and North-western provinces and in Monaragala district today (12)

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Advisory for Severe Lightning issued by the natural hazards early warning center at 01.30 p.m. to 11.30 p.m. on 12 April 2024

Thundershowers accompanied by severe lightning are likely to occur at several places in Western, Southern, Sabaragamuwa, Northern and North-western provinces and in Monaragala district.

There may be temporary localized strong winds during thundershowers.

General public is kindly requested to take adequate precautions to minimize damages caused by lightning activity.

ACTION REQUIRED:

The Department of Meteorology advises that people should:
• Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.

• Avoid open areas such as paddy fields, tea plantations and open water bodies during thunderstorms.

• Avoid using wired telephones and connected electric appliances during thunderstorms.

• Avoid using open vehicles, such as bicycles, tractors and boats etc.

• Beware of fallen trees and power lines.

• For emergency assistance contact the local disaster management authorities.
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Rear Admiral Princely Liyanage (Retd) sets Serendib World Record climbing Adam’s Peak in record time

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Rear Admiral Princely Liyanage (Retd) of the Sri Lanka Navy achieved a remarkable feat, setting a Serendib World Record for climbing Adam’s Peak (Sri Pada) in an impressive time of 23 hours and 46 minutes, using four different routes  (Nallathanniya, Erathna, Palabaddala, and Malingboda.)  as well as becoming the first person to complete the most ascents of Adam’s Peak within 24 hours.

He began his quest to set this record on 08th April, starting from the Nallathanniya Sri Pada entrance at 3:00 a.m all the way to the peak. His journey continued with climbs up and down the Erathna, Palabaddala, and Malingboda routes, ultimately concluding with the challenging trek from Adam’s Peak to Nallathanniya.

The Serendib World Records Committee officially acknowledged Rear Admiral Princely Liyanage’s (Retd) achievement and awarded him the Serendib World Record certificate on 09th April.

(Navy Media)

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