More on the CKDU story worth updating our memory banks!

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From Ceylon Today 16 Oct 2014 Govt's agriculture policy, cause of CKD –Academics By Ravi Ladduwahetty three frontline university scientific experts blamed the government's agricultural policy as the cause for the Chronic Kidney disease which has engulfed the North Central Province and other geographical expanses of Sri Lanka.They attributed the use of excess and subsidized fertilizer as the cause, which ...

Is this the answer - how to combat CKDU?

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as appeared in Colombo Telegraph of Dec 17th 2013Solving Kidney Disease In Dry ZoneBy Chandre Dharmawardana -Prof. Chandre DharmawardanaReverse osmosis, and bio-scavengers for cleaning the water and soil in areas affected by Kidney diseaseWhen kidney disease of uncertain origin (CKDU) appeared in the North-central province in the mid-1990s, some commentators hastened to claim that this was bio-terrorism associated with the ...

No Wonder!

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Sri Lanka is the world's highest user of Agro Chemicals and Pesticideshttp://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=941481 Is it a wonder that our food costs soo much?2 Is it a wonder that our food is so full of poison?3 Is it a wonder that our food is so overcooked?4 Is it a wonder that we have an exponential increase in cancers?5 Is it a wonder ...

Do we want Monsanto in Sri Lanka – We already have Round Up!

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The link below talks of the fact that in the last ten years, Argentina has had 18million hectares, that is three times the surface area of Sri Lanka planted with GM Soya Bean. This GM Soya seed has been produced so it is resistant to Round Up the herbicide, we also use in Sri Lanka to kill all weeds including ...

The Onion Conundrum – a peculiarly Sri Lankan odyssey

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Sri Lanka grows big onions only seasonally and harvests 90% of its local production in the months August to October, before the October rains. Therefore the Government in order to help the local onion producer had slapped an import levy of Rs50/kg in August satisfying the local farmers as imports would create an oversupply.Those traders who knew about the import ...

It is time we treated WATER with more respect – not by charging though!

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People in countries and states where water is scarce, know and practice the art of conserving and careful use of this scarce commodity. People are very used to going to great lengths to use as little as possible for their daily needs. Almost all homes in those countries have water meters and people are charged under different bases for water ...

The reintroduction of the Crate rule – is only one reason

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It was barely two months ago when the farmers were screaming blue murder that they had surplus vegetables that they could not sell. Tomato was rotting on the trees too costly to pluck. Now tomato is Rs300/kg at retail! So what gives?Tomato was always transported in boxes to prevent being squashed so the crate law does not impact them ...

Sustainable Agriculture – Its everywhere but in practice!

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There is so much pontificating words written about sustainable agriculture and I believe very little of that comes directly from someone who earns 100% of his income from existing agriculture, sustainable or not.Why is that? The person who is a full time farmer cannot see the practical side of the concept as he cannot contemplate doing without many of the ...

The vast areas of arable land that is not cultivated in Sri Lanka

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I would like to point out that in my travels in the Gampaha district lately, I see huge swathes of land that remain uncultivated. They are mainly the paddy lands which we see all around us. This is simply a shame. The government as usual tries to make rules for people to follow, not make the foundation for a solution. ...

Exporting Corn to Taiwan and Canada! The sweet smell of success

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I must confess that I am pleasantly and unbelievably surprised that after many years of Sri Lanka being a net importer or corn, we are now a net exporter of this product for the first time. If the government statistics are to be believed, our annual consumption of corn is 180,000 tonnes and this year due to a harvest of ...

Divi Vinashaya – why there has been no plan

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I was asked why I was so harsh on the Divi Neguma program. It is simple. It was designed by fools who can’t think beyond their noses. They have fooled everyone for what? Let us just take an example of the two aspects of farming. One by those engaged in it for a living, the GOVIYA! And the other the ...