Storage facilities a snag for distribution of fertiliser - Farmers
There is no uniform system of distributing fertiliser subsidy in
Anuradhapura district the farmers organisations of Nachchaduwa, Dewahuwa,
Huruluwewa, Ganewelpola, Rajangane, Palugaswewa and Mahawilachchiya have
The representatives of several farmer organisations have brought to
the notice of the District Agriculture Committee Anuradhapura that the
lack of village level fertiliser storage facilities have been a
hinderance in the smooth distribution of fertiliser to the farmers in
time and adequately.
The Chairman of the Farmers Federation S.M.G. Samarakoon of
Huruluwewa colonisation Scheme said that earlier there was a move
initiated by the Ministry of Agricultural Development and Agrarian
Services jointly with the North Central Provincial council to put up a
fertiliser stores complex in each of the 40 agrarian services areas in
Anuradhapura district, which is yet to be accomplished.
He said we the farmers urge the Government to make fertiliser, namely
urea TSP and MOG varieties freely available in the market even at a
price below Rs. 1,000 per bag, in spite of the fertiliser subsidy under
which a bag of 50 kilograms of fertiliser is offered to the farmer at Rs.
According to the Agrarian Services sources the total requirement of
subsidised fertiliser in the district urea is 90379.29 metric tons.
By February 2008, only 37,086 metric tons of Urea TSP and MOG have
been distributed, raising an issue as to whether the farmers had
received the quotas of fertiliser subsidy in time. The management of Lak
Pohora company a major component is supplying fertiliser subsidy to the
Department of Agrarian Services has told the District Agricultural
Committee that they required additional storage facilities to enable the
company to distribute fertiliser without any interruption in the future
The District Sales Manager of Lak Pohora has admitted that due to
inadequate storage facilities the company possessed during the ongoing
Maha season several shortcomings were experienced in distributing
The Government Agent and the Secretary of the District Agriculture
Committee H.M.K. Herath has requested the company to point out the
suitable buildings which could be utilised for storage purposes in the
district to enable him to release them for storing fertiliser subsidy.