Minister of Agriculture, Mahinda Amaraweera states that all arrangements have been made by the government to provide farmers with Urea fertilizer requirement at the commencement of both this Yala and next Maha seasons without any shortage.

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The second stock of the 65,000 metric tons of Urea fertilizer made available to Sri Lanka under Indian credit line was officially handed over to the minister, Mahinda Amaraweera by Mr. Gopal Baglay, Indian high commissioner in Sri Lanka.

Arrangements have already been made to send that 21,000 MT of Urea stock to the Ceylon Fertilizer Company and the Commercial Fertilizer Company.

Handing over of this fertilizer stock was made in the morning today (22) at the Colombo port. A group of officials including Mr. Nimal Siripala De Silva, Minister of Port, Aviation participated at this occasion.

Government of India took steps to offer 65,000 MT of Urea for paddy cultivation of this Yala season, the first of which consisting of 44,000 MT received last month. 98% of urea requirement of Yala season cultivation have already been distributed among farmers, balance of which 2% will be distributed in the near future. It has been estimated that approximately 31,000 MT of Urea is required to fulfill the Yala season requirement. Accordingly, a balanced quantity of 35,000 MT of Urea is available for distribution in the coming Maha season.

The Minister pointed out that although a certain delay was experienced in the distribution of Urea among farmers who cultivated paddy during Yala season, entire requirement for this season has been distributed. Some made allegations on the fertilizer given by the Indian government that they are adulterated and intoxicated. However farmers have satisfied with the quality of this urea stock.

Responding to media men who questioned the transparency of purchasing fertilizer for next Maha season the minister said, “The world Bank has assisted sri lanka in the purchase of Urea for the next Maha season on it recommendation. Therefore no opportunity is available for fraudulent practices even to the value of one rupee. All arrangements are made to ensure transparency in all dealings which will be subjected to auditing as well”.

Speaking on this occasion, the Indian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka pledge to support Sri Lanka in appreciation of friendship between the two countries and the Government of India is always ready to extend its hand of friendship to the people of Sri Lanka.


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