The distribution of urea fertiliser brought to Sri Lanka by the Government under an Indian credit line for the 2022 Yala season has now been completed successfully.
According to a media release from the Ministry of Agriculture, 248,000 hectares of paddy lands were cultivated until about a month after the start of the Yala season this year due to a shortage of chemical fertilisers and a lack of trust among farmers in some organic fertilisers.
In addition, the Ministry of Agriculture estimated that 275,000 hectares of paddy land were available for cultivation. In a discussion about cultivation activities in the Maha season held last week, the Irrigation Department and the Mahaweli Authority stated that 100 per cent of the paddy lands under Mahaweli and major irrigation were cultivated in the Yala season.
Last week, a discussion on the distribution of urea fertiliser during the Yala season was held under the patronage of Minister of Agriculture Mahinda Amaraweera. According to the information provided, the distribution of urea fertiliser for paddy cultivation during the Yala season was completed on 18 August 2022. As a result, the Department of Agrarian Development emphasised that a total of 29,740.73 metric tons of urea fertiliser was distributed to 490,515 farmers who cultivated 304,734 hectares.
Thus, Uva Province received 2,122 metric tons, Western Province received 1,041 metric tons, Central Province received 2,138 metric tons, North-Western Province received 3,767 metric tons, Sabaragamuwa Province received 1,128 metric tons, Southern Province received 4,728 metric tons, Northern Province received 877 metric tons, and Eastern Province received 39 metric tons. The North Central Province had the most paddy fields cultivated during the Yala season. As a result, 9,623 metric tons of urea fertiliser has been delivered to that province.
However, the Indian Government provided 65,000 metric tons of urea fertiliser, with an additional 35,000 metric tons remaining. The distribution of fertiliser for the Maha season’s cultivation activities has already begun, with the Ampara District of the Eastern Province receiving it. According to Minister Amaraweera, the Government has decided to provide urea fertiliser for maize, potato, and tea cultivation, in addition to paddy cultivation.