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Shortage of fertilizer countrywide

Previous Govt. owed Rs. 2,300 mn to agri Companies

The former United National Party (UNP)-led Good Governance Government is indebted Rs. 2,300 million to fertilizer companies, leading to the current acute shortage of fertiliser in the country, Mahaweli Development, Agriculture and Trade Minister and State Minister of Defence Chamal Rajapaksa said.   

He said the incumbent Government led by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has to pay Rs. 600 million under trying circumstances to obtain fertiliser for the distribution among farmers.  He made these observations at a meeting in Weeraketiya following the inauguration of the Wari Saubhagya National Programme.   

Minister Rajapaksa said the country has been positioned in a top place in the world ranking for the usage of agrochemicals at alarming proportions. He said the country must put an end to the usage of agrochemicals and carbonic fertiliser because kidney diseases are spreading fast due to the usage of agrochemicals in paddy cultivations and in other subsidiary food crop cultivations. He added that farmers should be given the knowledge of latest technology in preparing organic fertilisers.  

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