Sept 17, Colombo: The government has granted permission to import organic fertilizer for tea, coconut, rubber and other crops from yesterday (16).
Mahindananda Aluthgamage, Minister of Agriculture said that although the government has given permission to import organic fertilizer only for paddy cultivation, two state-owned fertilizer companies have been allowed to import organic fertilizer for tea, coconut, rubber and other crops from yesterday (16).
Meanwhile, steps have been taken to also allow the private sector to import fertilizer so that organic fertilizer for all crops can be purchased from the market without any shortage by October, the Minister said.
For the first time in Sri Lanka, organic fertilizer required for paddy cultivation is being produced in the country and sufficient quantities of organic nitrogen and potassium have been imported, the Minister said.
The Minister said measures have been taken to provide 300 kg Nitrogen and 45 kg potassium per hectare to the farmers free of charge.