The National Fertiliser Secretariat (NFS) says that to date no sample tests has been conducted on a stock of urea that is to be brought down to Colombo from India on 6 July, Ceylon Today reliably learns.
Accordingly, the proposed urea stock is being sent to Sri Lanka via a guarantee of a service certificate issued by India.
The top level sources from the NFS stated that Minister of Agriculture Mahinda Amaraweera has already instructed them to conduct the requisite sample tests on the urea stock prior to its release to farmers.
The assurance certificate issued by India, concerning the quality of the urea, would suffice for its release to the market but he insisted that sample tests on it will also be conducted as a further guarantee.
Meanwhile, leave of all staff of the Departments coming under the purview of the Agriculture Ministry has been cancelled effective 6 July to facilitate the efficient distribution of urea fertiliser which is due to arrive from India.
By Vineetha M. Gamage