DPL distributes fertiliser to 1,500 smallholder rubber farmers | Sunday Observer

DPL distributes fertiliser to 1,500 smallholder rubber farmers

4 October, 2020
DPL Deputy Managing Director Pushpika Janadheera presents a bag of fertiliser to rubber smallholder farmer R. M. Indrawathi.
DPL Deputy Managing Director Pushpika Janadheera presents a bag of fertiliser to rubber smallholder farmer R. M. Indrawathi.

Dipped Products PLC (DPL) invested Rs. 2.1 million to provide fertiliser to 1,500 smallholder rubber producers in the Moneragala district under its flagship sustainability initiative, DPL Firstlight.

About 90,000 kg of fertiliser were distributed among four DPL Loyalty Farmer societies across the district for the ninth consecutive year.

DPL Deputy Managing Director, Pushpika Janadheera said, “For over 12 years, DPL Firstlight has worked to empower smallholder rubber farmers in the Monaragala District. From the outset, we have sought to support their contributions and value additions to national rubber production while ensuring that they are guaranteed a fair price for field latex.

“We have optimised their ability to derive maximum yields through the supply of essential agricultural inputs and equipment, and have complemented these efforts with education and awareness building. “In this manner, we have enhance d the livelihoods at the grassroots levels of the Sri Lankan economy,” he said.

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