Tea producers to get 15,000 MT of urea

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The Ministry of Agriculture has decided to supply 15,000 metric tons of urea fertiliser for tea production.

At the request of the Ministry of Plantation, Agriculture Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said that the Government has decided to provide 15,000 metric tons of urea fertiliser, out of the 65,000 metric tons provided under an Indian loan scheme, for tea cultivation.

The heads of the two Government-owned fertiliser companies informed the minister that nearly 60 per cent of the 44,000 metric tonnes of urea fertiliser received had been distributed.

The minister has directed that a special mixed fertiliser for vegetable cultivation be produced as soon as possible and that it be available on the market within the next two weeks. He also noted that President Ranil Wickremesinghe has informed the Cabinet that in the future, when releasing fuel, steps will be taken to prioritise fuel needed for food production.

By Nirmani Gunaratne