Aluthgamage Uncovers Hidden Fertiliser Stocks

By Nirmani Guneratne

 During an inspection conducted yesterday, Minister of Agriculture Mahindananda Aluthgamage and his State Minister located over 100,000 metric tons of fertiliser that had been concealed in two storerooms without being released to the farmers. 

The fertiliser stocks had been concealed at two private storerooms situated in the Kelaniya and Peliyagoda areas. Upon inspection the Ministers had noticed that the hidden stocks could have been released to the farmers at a rate of 600 to 700 metric tons per day.

Upon questioning, the officers at the storeroom had stated that less than 300 metric tons of fertiliser had been released to the market. The Minister ordered them to release the concealed stocks to the farmers within 72 hours. 

Minister Aluthgamage had warned that the entire stock of fertiliser would be released to the farmers by the State. The subject Minister had also expressed his vehement displeasure over moves made by private firms to conceal fertiliser stocks without striving to release them to the market.

 Later, the Minister had warned the officials, at the storeroom of the private firms, that if they do not expedite the process of releasing the fertiliser stocks forthwith, stern action will be taken against them. The Minister has further noted that as there were not enough officers at the private firms for the distribution of fertiliser, they could seek the support of the Fertiliser Secretariat attached to his Ministry.  

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