SL receives assurance of fertilizer supplies from India

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Sri Lanka has received assurance from Indian officials regarding the supply of fertilizers that the island nation requires urgently.

High Commissioner Milinda Moragoda met concerned officials yesterday (13) to discuss the matter.

“High Commissioner Milinda Moragoda met with the Secretary to the Department of Fertilizers of India Shri Rajesh Kumar Chaturvedi and thanked him for India’s decision to supply 65,000 MT of urea required for the current Yala cultivation season in Sri Lanka,” the High Commission of Sri Lanka said. Yala is the season of paddy cultivation in Sri Lanka that lasts between May and August.

Sri Lanka, which is facing the biggest economic crisis in its post-independence history, is aiming to boost its agriculture sector to avoid any disruption in the agriculture market.

Soaring food prices in Sri Lanka have added to the economic difficulties and any setback to the next paddy cultivation season will be hard for the island to bear.

It is understood that India has given an oral assurance ahead of a final official order that will ensure flow of fertilizers to Sri Lanka. However, it is not yet clear, how the cash-strapped Sri Lankan government will pay for the fertilizer shipment.

Sri Lanka is the second country after Nepal to have received India’s assurance for supply of fertilizers.