Agriculture Ministers inspect fertilizer supply at private companies

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Agriculture Ministers inspect fertilizer supply at private companies


Wed, Jul 14, 2021, 11:53 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

July 14, Colombo: Mahindananda Aluthgamage, Minister of Agriculture and State Minister Shasheendra Rajapaksa, visited the main warehouses of private fertilizer companies in Peliyagoda and Kelaniya this morning (14).

Despite the shortage of fertilizer in the country, the Ministers observed that private companies are keeping large stocks of fertilizer in their warehouses.

The Ministers also questioned the decision of the companies to release small quantity of fertilizer without releasing the amount of fertilizer that can be issued daily.

Minister Aluthgamage continued to question the relevant officials about the fact that some private companies are able to issue 600 metric tons of fertilizer per day but issue less than 300 metric tons.

The ministers pointed out that during a discussion held at the Ministry of Agriculture regarding fertilizers, the private fertilizer companies had promised to release 1000 metric tons per day, but the amount of fertilizer has not been released although several days have passed.

Minister Aluthgamage questioned why the government subsidized fertilizer was being stored in warehouses when people all over the country were taking action against the shortage of fertilizer.

The ministers instructed the company officials to release all the fertilizer required by the people within three days. Otherwise, the distribution of fertilizer through private companies will be done through state fertilizer companies, the Ministers cautioned.

The ministers emphasized that the government could provide the necessary transport facilities and labor of the workers and that strict action would be taken if the distribution of fertilizer was delayed due to various excuses.

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