Fertiliser, seed shortage hampers Yala farming in A’pura | Daily News


Fertiliser, seed shortage hampers Yala farming in A’pura

Farmers in the Anuradhapura District have faced inconveniences in commencing 2020 Yala cultivation activities due to the scarcity of fertiliser and seeds. Therefore, farmers’ organizations have submitted their grievances to the district’s political authority, Anuradhapura Government Agent R.M. Wanninayake and Fertiliser Secretariat officials.

They complain that temporary short-sighted solutions taken to make fertiliser available in the market have proved unsuccessful. The District Agriculture Committee (DAC) has emphasized that there are 160 fertiliser traders registered under the Fertiliser Secretariat and there is a large number of village-level boutiques hoarding fertiliser in the Anuradhapura District.

In a recent survey conducted by the DAC, it has been found that the district organic fertilizer manufacturing and utilization programme is unsuccessful. The Anuradhapura Government Agent said he has been reported about an acute shortage of subsidized fertiliser mixture sold at Rs. 1,000 and Rs. 1,100 in open market in the district.

He said there was no shortage of fertiliser which is being issued free to farmers through the 43 agrarian development centers. As an emergency remedial measure to address the shortage, arrangements have been made to distribute 800 metric tons of mixed fertiliser through the agrarian development centers, giving priority to these areas.Anuradhapura Fertiliser Secretariat Assistant Director Bandula Kumara said the Government-owned Lakpohora and Colombo Commercial Fertilisers have been requested to supply the required quota of fertiliser to the district for Yala season without further delay.

It has been arranged to issue fertiliser directly from Horowpothana, Kiralogama and other stortes of the Fertilizer company.

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