Hopes wilt as fertilizer shortage enters Maha Season

Hopes wilt as fertilizer shortage enters Maha Season

Hopes wilt as fertilizer shortage enters Maha Season

Written by Nathasha De Alwis

29 Dec, 2017 | 8:40 pm

The Ministry of Agriculture states that around 200,000 hectares could be affected in the Maha Season as a result of the prevailing fertiliser shortage.

According to the Ministry, this situation has arisen in areas that began cultivation later than usual due to weather conditions.

They further noted that the shortage of fertiliser has severely affected the districts of Ampara, Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa. Close to 600,000 hectares have been cultivated during the Maha Season.

News 1st made inquiries into the matter from the Director of the National Fertiliser Secretariat, Ajith Pushpakumara. He stated that a systematic programme is currently underway to overcome the prevailing situation. He added that steps have been taken to release fertiliser stocks, depending on the demand from relevant areas.

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