Scientists and experts have directed their concerns to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa with regard to the ban of imported inorganic fertilizers and have stated that the nation which is already in a precarious financial situation may run the risk of facing a substantial loss in production as a result of the ban thereby affecting the nations export capacity and income with the inability to deal with the stiff global competition.
Crops such as Nutmeg, Cloves, Vanilla and Cardamom which are grown in an Agroforestry system will show no significant deviation in production capacity as the farming of said spices rarely use inorganic fertilizers. The impact on coffee, pepper and cocoa plantations would also be relatively small as inorganic fertilizers can simply be substituted for green manure such as Glyricidia sepium.
However production of other crops have a different story altogether and as pointed out by the experts,
Such trends have already been observed in nations which transitioned towards organic fertilizers replacing their inorganic counter parts. Arguably bad for the environment inorganic fertilizers tend to produce higher yields at a much faster rate which inevitably helps keep up with the export and production demands of a country. Therefore this resulting ban may put Sri Lanka in an uncomfortable position in the foreseeable future unless a more acceptable alternative is adopted.
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