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Private Sector reluctant to import chemical fertilizer – State Minister Duminda

State Minister Duminda Dissanayake said that companies are reluctant to import chemical fertilizer because they fear that they will not be able to sell them since selling prices of them have gone up five times more than the normal rate.

The State Minister was participating in a discussion with representatives of the Ulankulama Farmers’ Association in Thirappane, Anuradhapura recently at the Ulankulama Funeral Society Hall.

The representatives said that a certain quantity of urea was available for cultivating corn in Thirappane after the Minister’s intervention. “However, farmers with our organisation have not yet received fertilizer. Initially, we paid to the Maradankadawala Agrarian Services Office in this regard and 38 farmers have paid about Rs. 138,000 for fertilizer. We will provide you with that document,” they said.

They also said that the money has been paid to fertilizer companies. But we have not yet received any fertilizer. “Reportedly, 24 kilos of fertilizer will be given per acre. For 24 kilos of fertilizer per acre, Rs. 6,500 has been paid. However, even up to now, we have not received any fertilizer. We request that these stocks of fertilizer be provided to us,” they also said.

State Minister Duminda Dissanayake said that a private company has the fertilizer stocks. “These stocks were brought as a relief by the Government. The company said that they can release only 100 metric tonnes daily since they have to change the packing of these stocks. The Company said that the packing with ‘Government Relief’ printed on it has to be removed,” he said.

The State Minister also said that however, the Fertilizer Secretary agreed to take the responsibility to keep the wording. “We regret that relevant officials have not yet been able to take over fertilizer stocks with the private sector and distribute them properly. If we do not receive them at this time, there is no use of them anymore. I told both Ministers about this last week. I spoke to Secretaries and to the Fertilizer Secretariat,” he said.

“The Private Sector has been allowed to import enough fertilizer. But no company is importing them. That is the biggest problem,” he said.

However, State Minister Duminda Dissanayake promised the farmers that he will obtain urea fertilizer for corn and Nano Nitrogen for paddy very soon.

 


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