India to loan fertiliser for Yala season

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As Sri Lanka is struggling to secure fertiliser stocks for cultivation this year, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has agreed to provide the fertiliser required for the Yala season immediately under a credit line facility.

The fertiliser is scheduled to be distributed within 20 days of arriving in Sri Lanka.

This was revealed by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at a discussion held at  President’s House, Colombo yesterday (2) on the challenges facing irrigation and possible solutions to challenges.

The Uma Oya and Moragahakanda projects could be completed before the end of this year to irrigate farmlands in the Maha season.  The Morana reservoir, Mahagalgamuwa Poshitha Ela, Mahagona Wewa, Vilakandiya Wewa, and Godigamuwa Wewa projects are to be completed concurrently.

President Rajapaksa instructed officials to take necessary measures to complete the foreign-funded projects within the stipulated time period.

It was revealed that 80 per cent of the total electricity generation in the past three days was supplied to the national grid by hydro and wind power. The President said that steps should be taken to enhance floating solar panel projects and increase benefits given for roof-mounted solar panels to encourage consumers.

Special attention was paid to cultivation activities during the Yala season and 50 per cent of the lands under the Irrigation Department and the Mahaweli Authority have already been cultivated. Irrigation Minister Roshan Ranasinghe said that 250,000 Mahaweli home gardens have been planned for the cultivation of additional crops and lands that have not been cultivated so far have been diverted to cultivate other crops.

President’s Chief of Staff Anura Dissanayake, Secretary to the Ministry U.D.C. Jayalal and other officials of the line agencies of the Ministry were also present at the discussion.