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Govt. Promotes Food Crop Cultivation

Jan 19, 2011 5:24:41 AM - thesundayleader.lk

Agriculture Minister Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena has said the government has asked tobacco cultivators to switch to growing either vegetables or fruits.

Abyewardena has told the media that the government is looking at taking steps to ban tobacco cultivation in the country. All tobacco farmers are to be asked to cultivate food crops.

In order to encourage tobacco cultivators to switch to cultivating food crops, the Minister has said the government would not grant the fertilizer subsidy to tobacco cultivators.