Distribution of Urea fertilizer for Yala Season completed

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Distribution of Urea fertilizer for Yala Season completed


Sun, Sep 4, 2022, 10:04 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Sept 04, Colombo: The Ministry of Agriculture says that the government has successfully completed the distribution of urea fertilizer brought to Sri Lanka under an Indian loan scheme for the 2022 Yala season.

Sri Lanka received 65,000 metric tons (MT) of urea fertilizer under the Indian loan assistance program. The first consignment of 44,000 MT was delivered to the country on 09 July. Second consignment of 21,000 metric tons of urea arrived on 20 August.

Due to the shortage of chemical fertilizers and the lack of trust among the farmers in some organic fertilizers, only 248,000 hectares of paddy had been cultivated until about a month after the start of the Yala season this year.

Also, the Ministry of Agriculture had estimated 275,000 hectares of paddy land for cultivation.

Against this backdrop, the government’s decision to provide urea fertilizer to paddy cultivation in the Yala season, which had been started on the fear that the country’s paddy production would decline and face severe food shortages, aroused great interest among the farmers.

Accordingly, as of last Friday, the total amount of paddy cultivated in the country in the Yala season has increased to 512,000 hectares.

In a discussion held last week on the cultivation activities in the Maha season, the Irrigation Department and the Mahaweli Authority stated that 100 percent of the paddy land under the institutions was cultivated in the Yala season.

A discussion was chaired by the Minister of Agriculture, Wildlife and Forest Resources Conservation Mahinda Amaraweera regarding the distribution of urea fertilizer in the Yala season.

According to the information revealed there, the distribution of urea fertilizer for paddy cultivation in the Yala season has been successfully completed by 18.08.2022.

Accordingly, total amount of urea fertilizer distributed to 490,515 farmers who cultivated 304,734 hectares is 29,740.73 metric tons, the Department of Agricultural Development said.

Accordingly, 2,122 MT of urea for Uva Province, 1,041 MT for Western Province, 2,138 MT for Central Province, 3,767 MT for North-Western Province, 1,128 MT for Sabaragamuwa Province, 4,728 MT for Southern Province, 877 MT for Northern Province, and 3,934 MT for Eastern Province have been distributed.

Paddy was being harvested in Jaffna when the 44,000 metric tons received as the first batch of 65,000 metric tons of urea fertilizer given to Sri Lanka by the Government of India was distributed. Therefore, urea fertilizer was not given to those farmers in Jaffna for the Yala season, according to the Minister of Agriculture and Minister of Wildlife and Forest Resources Conservation Mahinda Amaraweera.

In the Yala season, the largest number of paddy fields were cultivated in the North Central Province. Accordingly, 9,623 MT of urea fertilizer has been distributed to that province.

Out of the 65,000 MT urea fertilizer provided by India, another 35,000 MT of urea fertilizer is left, according to the Ministry.

The distribution of that fertilizer has already started to be given to the Northern Province and Ampara district of the Eastern Province for the cultivation activities of the Maha season.

Agriculture Minister Mahinda Amaraweera says that it has been decided to provide urea fertilizer to maize, potato and tea cultivation in addition to paddy cultivation.




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