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Fertiliser shortage in Polpithigama

Farmers lose hope for big harvests

Authorities dodge media inquiries

The prevailing fertiliser shortage in the Siyambalangamuwa-Pallekele Agriculture Zone in Polpithigama has forced farmers to buy overpriced, substandard fertliser.

Many of these farmers have already begun cultivating their crops, which include: beetroot, beans, pumpkin, and ginger. However, they said that they do not expect to reap bounteous harvests this year.

K.P. Karunaratne of Pallekele, a ginger farmer, told the Daily News that he had spent Rs.30,000 on soil preparation and Rs.125,000 on ginger seeds, but was yet to find any fertiliser.

H.P. Heenbanda of Siyambalangamuwa, a vegetable farmer, said that he had bought 50 grams of cucumber seeds for Rs.3,800 and 400 grams of beetroot seeds for Rs.3,500. He added that however, he has lost hope for a big harvest this time as fertliser is scarce.

When contacted by the Daily News, Wayamba Agrarian Services Assistant Commissioner Nayana Buddhika refused to comment on the matter. Madahapola Agrarian Service Centre Divisional Officer K.V.M. Muthunayake, also contacted by the Daily News, confirmed that there is a fertiliser shortage, but ended the conversation right after. 

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