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* Sri Lankan government to grant fertilizer subsidy to supplementary crops
Mon, May 21, 2012, 10:12 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

May 21, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government is to provide the fertilizer subsidy currently granted to paddy cultivation to supplementary crop cultivations as well.

Wild Life and Agrarian Services Minister S.M. Chandrasena has said the Rs. 350 fertilizer subsidy granted to paddy cultivations would be granted to supplementary crop cultivations from today (21).

The fertilizer subsidy is to be granted to corn, soya, green gram, cowpea, chili peppers and vegetable cultivations.

He has noted that the decision had been made by the President and the Economic Development Minister following discussions with supplementary crop cultivators.

According to Chandrasena, the fertilizer subsidy to paddy cultivations had resulted in surplus rice production in the country and the now subsidy is expected to uplift the supplementary crop cultivation in the country.

The government spends Rs. 40 billion per year for the fertilizer subsidy.



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