The Ministry of Agriculture instructed Agrarian Service Centres to only charge for bags of Urea fertiliser according to its weight, in a bid to avoid farmers paying more for less content.

In a statement, the Ministry stated that the Media reported that bags of urea fertiliser given to the farmers in Dambulla area did not contain the requisite amount of fertiliser and that former Minister of Agriculture Mahinda Amaraweera requested the Ministry Secretary Rohana Pushpakumara to take necessary steps in this regard.

Accordingly, the Secretary decided to commence an investigation into the distribution of fertiliser to the Dambulla area while instructing Agrarian Service Centres to only charge farmers based on the weight of the fertliser supplied while ensuring that this does not result in a loss to farmers.

“Although a 50kg bag of urea is sold for Rs 10,000, arrangements have been made to inform all the agricultural service centres to measure the weight of the bag of fertiliser and charge accordingly,” the Ministry noted.