Chemical fertiliser imports could be limited – Aluthgamage

By Faadhila Thassim | Published: 2:00 AM Dec 9 2021
News Chemical fertiliser imports could be limited – Aluthgamage

By Faadhila Thassim 

Chemical fertiliser imports could be limited if farmers are aware of how to use fertiliser based on the composition of soil in their relevant areas, Minister of Agriculture, Mahindananda Aluthgamage said.

He added that thereby farmers should be made aware of the composition of the soil in their area of operation, following a soil test, for proper fertiliser application commencing from the Yala Season.

Aluthgamage further said the equipment required for soil testing has been handed over to 362 regional Agrarian Development Centres, while more equipment will be provided to 200 centres within the next year.

Meanwhile, a decision was taken to develop 7 out of the 22 farms that are under the purview of the Department of Agriculture to international standards at a cost of Rs 2.1 billion.

Aluthgamage said so, speaking at a discussion on the manner in which the amount allocated to the Ministry of Agriculture by way of the 2022 Budget will be spent.

By Faadhila Thassim | Published: 2:00 AM Dec 9 2021

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