Chili farmers in Anuradhapura district said that they are ready to supply 20% of the chili needs of the country.
The farmers said this during the inspection visit by Agriculture Minister Mahinda Amaraweera yesterday (10), chili cultivation in several areas including Yakalla, Katakala, Tambuttegama in the Anuradhapura district. The minister said the agriculture sector modernization project of the Ministry of Agriculture has provided all the necessary facilities to these chili farmers in the Anuradhapura and several other Districts.
Accordingly, the required technology, equipment, modern cultivation methods, new pest control practices, as well as new strategies for packaging and marketing produce have been provided for chili cultivation.
farmers emphasized that they earn a decent income of approximately Rs. 5.4 million per acre in six months.
There is an increasing demand for this chili cultivation in our country in the global market as 80% of the organic cultivation is carried out with natural pest controlling practices while minimizing the use of insecticides and chemical fertilizers.
Although our country has the ability to grow chili successfully and abundantly, our country still imports more than 60% of the chili from other countries. In addition to the Ministry's priority to give paddy and maize crop cultivation, chili will also be included in the priority list, the minister added. (Chaturanga Samarawickrama)