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No fertilizer shortage : Ministry

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The Agriculture and Plantation Industries Ministry has stressed that the news published in some media yesterday (05) that there is a shortage of TSP fertilizer required for paddy cultivation in the Ampara district is completely false.

Agriculture and Plantation Industries Minister Mahinda Amaraweera inquired about this matter from the relevant personnel under his Ministry immediately after the news was published. Accordingly, it is confirmed that all the agricultural service centres in the Ampara district have sufficient stocks of TSP 100. Ampara Assistant Commissioner of Agriculture emphasized that although there is enough fertilizer, no more than 15 bundles have been sold from one centre.

Apart from this, the Agriculture Ministry as well as the private sector have taken measures to supply enough urea and Bandi fertilizers.

The Finance Ministry has given an amount of Rs.1 billion to the Agriculture Ministry as the first installment for the subsidy given to the farmers for the purchase of fertilizers. Agriculture Commissioner General A.H.M.L. Abeyrathna said that arrangements have been made to credit the amount to the farmers’ accounts from tomorrow (07).

Cultivation of paddy has not yet started in some areas and in other areas, paddy cultivation began about a month ago. There is no shortage of fertilizer reported from any of those areas.

The Agriculture Ministry also has information that a person who claims to be a farmer representing a certain political party in the Ampara district is giving false information to the media and working to create a wrong opinion in the country. There have been cases where this person has provided false information in this manner before.

Currently, there is no shortage of fertilizers in the country. This time, the supply of fertilizers is done by the public sector as well as the private sector.

In this season, 800,000 hectares of paddy are being cultivated and arrangements have been made to provide 1.2 million farmers with an amount of Rs. 15,000 per hectare to purchase fertilizers.

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