‘Climate vagaries a challenge for farmers’
2019-03-14 at 17:07
President Maithripala Sirisena says the biggest challenge faced by farmers in Sri Lanka is the uncertain climatic conditions.
Speaking at the 4th session of the United Nations Environment Assembly in Nairobi, Kenya the Head of State said agriculture is the main source of livelihood for people living in the rural areas of Sri Lanka and it has much potential for greening and to be climate smart adding sustainable consumption and production and science and technology are applied in Sri Lanka’s Agriculture.
The President said Sri Lanka signed the Paris Agreement, which is unprecedented global commitment to combat climate change.
The President pointed out, Sri Lanka has been listed as the second highest in the global climate risk index of 2019 and implementing of climate actions is very vital to our country.
Stating that poverty is a significant cause for global environmental problems, he said environment degradation and poverty are closely inter-related and inseparable, particularly in developing countries.
President Sirisena said development of agriculture would not only help strengthening the financial position of the rural farmers and various others involved in the process, but also that of the country as a whole.
President Sirisena emphasized, Sri Lanka as a country rich in nature, culture and heritage would like to capitalize on nature and nature related sustainable businesses to drive the socio-economic development.