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* Urea fertilizer distribution to farmers for Maha season begins
Tue, Aug 16, 2022, 10:55 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Aug 16, Colombo: Minister of Agriculture and Minister of Wildlife and Forest Resources Conservation Mahinda Amaraweera says the World Bank has agreed to give Sri Lanka 90 million dollars to buy urea fertilizer for the Maha season.

Minister Amaraweera made this claim Monday (15) while participating in the delivery of the first batch of fertilizer to the farmers of Jaffna district under the urea fertilizer distribution program for paddy cultivation in the 2022/23 Maha season.

Steps were taken to send 200 metric tons of urea fertilizer to Jaffna yesterday and the distribution of the fertilizer to the farmers began at the Lanka Fertilizer Company premises.

The Minister symbolically handed over the stock of urea fertilizer to the Agricultural Development Commissioner General A. H. M. L Abeyratne at the event.

The Minister of Agriculture had instructed that the distribution of urea fertilizer required for paddy cultivation in the Maha season should be done before the start of the cultivation season.

Paddy was being harvested in Jaffna when the 44,000 metric tons received as the first batch of 65,000 metric tons of urea fertilizer given to Sri Lanka by the Government of India was distributed. Therefore, urea fertilizer was not given to those farmers in Jaffna in the Yala season and as a token of gratitude to the people of Jaffna, the minister decided to give them urea fertilizer before the beginning of the Maha season.

Meanwhile, the second ship with 21,000 metric tons of urea fertilizers provided to Sri Lanka under the Indian loan scheme is scheduled to reach the port of Colombo this week, the Minister said.

Minister Amaraweera said the Ministry of Agriculture has decided to provide that stock and the stock of fertilizer left after distribution in the Yala Season for maize, tea and potato cultivation.

Speaking further, the Minister said the World Bank has agreed to give an amount of 90 million dollars to buy the urea fertilizer needed for cultivation in the Maha season

“Under that, we will able to provide urea fertilizer to the farmers at the beginning of the season. There is no need to import rice to this country after the next season. We can produce the amount of rice we need in our country. We will provide all the necessary facilities to the farmers,” Minister Amaraweera assured.


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