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Farmers to get new coupon for fertilizer relief

A new coupon will be introduced to all farmers for fertiliser relief from the next Maha Season, Regulation of Fertilizer Production and Supply, Use of Chemical Fertilizers and Pesticide State Minister Mohan P De Silva said. Speaking to the media at Habaraduwa in Galle, he said during the next Maha Season, fertilizer will be distributed among farmers without a shortage for which a new system has been introduced by Agriculture Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage.

The recommendations for coupons to eligible farmers will be through the respective Agriculture Research and Production Assistants. The fertilizer relief programme will be initiated through Agrarian Services Centres which will further strengthen in performance and service delivery. Under the new scheme the actual farming community will receive the fertilizer relief package.

Manure assistance will be given for paddy fields with an extent of two hectares or more and in respect of other cultivations and crops one hectare extent or more, the State Minister elaborated.

“Before formulating the new scheme of fertilizer relief we held discussions with the corresponding manure import firms. During the previous regime, fertilizer companies were permitted to import only 10% of the country’s requirement. But now we have increased their import quota up to 40%. However, some time frame is needed to fully rectify the issue,” he observed.

The State Minister further assured that under the consolidation programme, all Agrarian Services Centres will be provided with required farming machinery and other research instruments.


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