The government has decided to provide a subsidy to paddy farmers to purchase fertilizers required by them in this Yala season. Accordingly, arrangements have been made to provide a subsidy of 20,000 rupees per hectare and 40,000 rupees per two hectares.
Mr.Mahinda Amaraweera, the Minister of Agriculture today (10) instructed the officials to conduct a research into the opinion presented by some parties that 65 percent of the Urea fertilizer used for paddy cultivation is wasted and only 35 percent of the Urea fertilizer used in paddy cultivation is effective and also to investigate the authenticity of the said opinion.
Taking into account the issues that have arisen in regard to the severe shortage of eggs existing in the country, all parties decided to work together, mainly focusing on increasing the imports of eggs and local egg production until the problem is resolved, in a meeting held yesterday (09) at the Ministry of Agriculture.
Mr.Mahinda Amaraweera, the Minister of Agriculture stated that Mr.Qi Zhenhong, the Chinese ambassador to Sri Lanka has requested to take measures to further expand the mushroom cultivation currently being carried out in Hambantota district.
The first harvest of the organic sour banana project in Jaffna will be exported during the next few days.