The Government of India is to immediately send 65,000 metric tons of urea to Sri Lanka, which is the total requirement for paddy in the current Yala season, under the existing one billion USD credit line.
High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to India Milinda Moragoda met the Secretary of the Department of Fertilisers of India Shri Rajesh Kumar Chaturvedi yesterday (12)) to discuss about the supply of urea required for the current Yala cultivation.
The Government of India has decided to supply this quantity of urea immediately to Sri Lanka at the request of the Government of Sri Lanka, despite a ban on export of urea from India.
In response, Shri Chaturvedi said that his Department is always ready to support Sri Lanka in keeping with India’s ‘neighbourhood first’ policy, and that the Department is making arrangements to ship the required quantity of urea from the nearest port to Sri Lanka through a State Company coming under his purview.
The High Commissioner and the Secretary also discussed ways and means to ensure the continuous supply of chemical fertiliser from India to Sri Lanka under the existing credit line and beyond.
High Commissioner Moragoda was accompanied by Deputy High Commissioner Niluka Kadurugamuwa, Minister Upul Pushpakumara and Minister Counsellor Gamini Sarath Godakanda.