Lankan President defends organic farming at United Nations Food Systems Summit
Colombo, September 24 (newsin.asia): Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa fought for organic agriculture during the virtual plenary of the United Nations Food Systems Summit on Thursday. He stressed that it is essential to transform the global food systems into a more sustainable one while also emphasizing the promotion of a healthy population.
“All stakeholders should work together in this regard,” said the Lankan president.
The United Nations Food Systems Summit kicked off in New York yesterday (23) in conjunction with the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly. The UN Secretary General, António Guterres, delivered the opening speech of the Summit organized under the theme “Accelerating action for the future we want”.
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa stressed that the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the weaknesses of global food systems and that it will only get worse with climate change.
Sustainable food systems are part of Sri Lanka’s rich socio-cultural and economic heritage, the president said and added that the ban on chemical fertilizers, pesticides and weedkillers which have had adverse effects on health and the environment, was part of state policy to promote sustainable systems and healthy development.
The President stressed that it was difficult to change the mentality of farmers who had long been used to using chemical fertilizers. The production of sufficient quantities of organic fertilizers at the national level was also a challenge. Therefore, Sri Lanka welcomes the technical assistance and bilateral support in this regard, he added.
Improving inclusive market-oriented food value chains is essential to reduce rural poverty when promoting organic agriculture, he said.
“With such improvements, I am confident that Sri Lanka will be able to sustainably transform its food system and ensure greater food security and better nutrition for its people,” said the President.
He appreciated the technical assistance provided by the Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Food Program in Sri Lanka, and thanked for the support of other global organizations and scientific bodies in this regard.
President Rajapaksa said that the goal of all heads of state should be to ensure a better future for our people and our planet, and that everyone must work together to find solutions to the universal challenges we will face. in the future in this matter.