Technologically advanced biofertiliser manufacturing facility opened | Sunday Observer

Technologically advanced biofertiliser manufacturing facility opened

12 March, 2023
Minister Mahinda Amaraweera inspects the products.
Minister Mahinda Amaraweera inspects the products.

Minister of Agriculture Mahinda Amaraweera opened a high-tech manufacturing facility of Lanka Bio Fertilizers (Pvt) Ltd in Millewa, Horana recently.

This modern facility has a 40,000 sqft production floor area and manufactures over one million litres of Biofertiliser per annum.

Lanka Bio Fertilizers is the manufacturer of Sri Lanka’s own patented ‘Biofilm Biofertilizer’; a 100% natural, organically certified, environment-friendly innovative concept in agriculture which can replace up to 30% of chemical fertiliser usage. ‘Biofilm Biofertilizer’ technology is a “World’s First” which has been developed by scientists at The National Institute of Fundamental Studies (NIFS) Kandy, after more than 15 years of dedicated research. Lanka Bio Fertilizers has been manufacturing ‘Biofilm Biofertilizer’ under a Public-Private Partnership with NIFS since 2014.

Managing Director of Lanka Bio Fertilizers, Samuditha Kumarasinghe said, “Biofilm Biofertilizer is the most widely used biofertiliser in Sri Lanka, with usage in over 250,000 acres of paddy lands during Maha 2022/23 season. We have gained wide acceptance from farmers due to the advanced technology and the quality maintained by us since the launch of the company nine years ago.”

Kumarasinghe said that ‘Biofilm Biofertilizer’ is recommended for use in paddy cultivation by the Department of Agriculture and also has products for tea, vegetables and maize crops.

State Minister of Agriculture Mohan De Silva, State Minister of Irrigation Shasheendra Rajapaksa, Secretary Ministry of Agriculture Gunadasa Samarasinghe, Director National Fertiliser Secretariat Chandana Lokuhewage, Chairman, NIFS, Prof. Athula Sumathipala, Director NIFS, Prof. Saluka Kodituwakku and Inventor of ‘Biofilm Biofertilizer’ Prof. Gamini Seneviratne were also present.