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* Lack of fertilizer has affected tea production, minister acknowledges
Tue, Oct 19, 2021, 11:54 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Oct 19, Colombo: Co-Cabinet Spokesman, Minister of Plantations, Dr. Ramesh Pathirana has admitted that it is true that the tea harvest has been reduced due to the lack of fertilizer.

The Minister said that although there was no problem in harvest last month, there has been a gradual decline in the harvest this month.

The Minister urged tea planters as well as other farmers to engage in cultivation without being discouraged as arrangements are being made to import and distribute the required fertilizer.

Minister Ramesh Pathirana stated this addressing a media briefing held at the Government Information Department today (19).

The Minister said that the government has taken a number of steps to promote tea cultivation by enhancing the quality of tea production in Sri Lanka and advised growers to have faith in the government as it does not reverse but to improve the tea cultivation.

Mr. Pathirana said that although there was a shortage of organic fertilizer production in the country, it was planned to import the needed quantity but it could not have been done due to problems in quality.

The Minister said that the existing problems will be resolved soon as steps have already been taken to import nitrogen fertilizer produced by nanotechnology.

Mr. Pathirana said that although there was a shortage of organic fertilizer production in the country, it was planned to import a small quantity but it could not be done due to quality problems. The Minister said that the existing problems will be resolved soon as steps have already been taken to import nitrogen fertilizer produced by nanotechnology.

 

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