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Lanka Phosphate told to increase production

Agriculture Minister P. Harrison and LPC officials in discussion.
Agriculture Minister P. Harrison and LPC officials in discussion.

Agriculture Minister P. Harrison has instructed Lanka Phosphate Company (LPC) officials to increase its annual super phosphate production from 46,000 MTs to 72,000 MTs.

Minister Harrisom has told in a discussion with the officials that improper management of the company and political interferences in its affairs were the reasons for delays in supplying phosphate fertilizer for rubber plantations.

Lanka Phosphate Limited was set up in 1970. Later, it has allegedly become a cat’s paw of the private sector. “I will never lease out the Eppawla phosphate deposit to the private sector to produce Single Super Phosphate and Triple Phosphate,” the Minister said.

The Company has 334 workers but its improper management causes delays in its production.

The Minister urged the officials to take steps to produce enough phosphate fertilizer for rubber and tea plantations of the country.

The Ceylon Fertilizer Company and the Commercial Fertilizer Company supply Urea and MOP for tea and rubber plantations in the country and the officials of the companies have to understand the importance of their products, the Minister said.

A committee appointed by the Agriculture Ministry has stated recently that the Eppawala phosphate deposit can produce Single Super Phosphate (SSP) requirement of the country for over 150 years.

The committee stated in its reports that there will be a huge demand for locally produce SSP in the future since the global natural fertilizer reserves will be depleted in 50 years.

According to the statistics of the Agriculture Ministry, the annual SSP requirement of the country is around 100,000 MTs and the government has to spend Rs 7,000 million annually to import SSP.

The phosphate reserve produces world’s best low cadmium phosphate and with Rs. 9,000 million of investment into the reserve, it will meet the fertilizer demand of the country. 


 

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