Agriculture Ministry to supply Rs. 16 billion subsidy for farmers to purchase natural fertilizer


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Agriculture Ministry to supply Rs. 16 billion subsidy for farmers to purchase natural fertilizer


Thu, Aug 18, 2022, 11:28 pm SL Time, ColomboPage Information Desk, Sri Lanka.



Aug 18, Colombo: The Division of Agriculture and within the agriculture sector have beneficial to the Ministry of Agriculture that 70 p.c of chemical fertilizers and 30 p.c of natural fertilizers needs to be utilized in paddy cultivation within the 2022/23 Maha season.



It’s proposed to make use of a mix of chemical fertilizers and natural fertilizers for paddy cultivation within the coming Maha season.


Minister of Agriculture, Wildlife and Forest Sources Conservation, Mahinda Amaraweera mentioned accordingly, measures will likely be taken to supply a 50 kg bag of urea fertilizer at Rs. 10,000 and 125 kg urea for every hectare of cultivation within the upcoming Maha Season as effectively.


The minister additionally talked about that the chance will likely be given to make use of 30 p.c eco-friendly fertilizer and the federal government has centered on offering a subsidy of 20,000 rupees to the farmers for buying natural fertilizers, The quantity anticipated to be spent by the federal government to supply this subsidy is 16 billion rupees.


The Minister referred to as all of the fertilizer producers who’re at present producing environmentally pleasant fertilizers in Sri Lanka to the Ministry of Agriculture Wednesday, to debate the issues they’re going through and whether or not it’s potential to finish the natural fertilizer requirement of 30 p.c within the coming season.


The minister mentioned that he additionally believes that among the fertilizers which have been given to farmers claiming to be natural fertilizers within the final season are very inferior in high quality and situation and resulting from these arbitrary measures, the natural fertilizer manufacturing business is underneath risk of collapse. The federal government has determined to supply even this subsidy to guard the producers, he added.


Subsequently, if natural fertilizers are given to the farmers on this season, they won’t be authorized for his or her use with out certification relating to their high quality and commonplace, he mentioned.


He additionally talked about that the Division of Agriculture has arrange a program to test the standard of natural fertilizers produced by some farmers on their very own.



Presently, a 50kg bag of urea fertilizer is bought for as excessive as 42000 rupees out there. However the authorities offers a 50 kg bag for 10,000 rupees. Subsequently, no different subsidy will likely be given to the farmers who use urea fertilizers and the federal government has determined to present a subsidy of 20,000 rupees to the farmers shopping for natural fertilizers.



Officers of the Ministry in addition to all natural fertilizer producers within the island additionally participated on this dialogue.





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