ACAF urges Govt to conduct tests

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National Organiser of All Ceylon Agrarian Federation (ACAF) Namal Karunaratne said that the Government should not release the 65,000 tonnes of fertiliser imported from India before conducting necessary tests.

He said that fertiliser should be tested for the toxic component Biuret present in Urea before it can be used in paddy in the booting stage. “If the authorities fail to do so, it could hamper the harvest drastically”. He warned that if fertiliser containing Biuret is released, the Government will be forced to pay compensation to India like they had to do for the fertiliser shipment from China.

Karunaratne added that what is needed for cultivation is a fertiliser known as TSP and noted this variety of fertiliser could make a sizeable harvest.

By Anurada Herath