Chinese pressuring local authorities to accept – JVP

By Nabiya Vaffoor | Published: 2:00 AM Oct 25 2021
News Chinese pressuring local authorities to accept – JVP

By Nabiya Vaffoor 

The JVP claimed the Chinese Fertiliser Company, Qingdao Seawin Biotech Group and the Chinese Embassy, are trying to persuade Sri Lankan authorities to accept the ship carrying an organic fertiliser shipment that had been rejected by lab tests due to the presence of harmful bacteria known as Erwinia.

Leader of the JVP Anura Kumara Dissanayake urged the Government to prevent the ship from entering Colombo port. In a recent Press briefing, Dissanayake said the Qingdao Seawin Biotech Group had written to the Director General of Agriculture and several other authorities in this regard. 

“Qingdao Seawin Biotech Group had written to the Director General of Agriculture and several other authorities yesterday, including the Secretary to the President, Prime Minister, and Agriculture Ministry Secretary, urging them to accept the ship carrying the controversial organic fertiliser,” he added. 

According to the letter, the ship carrying 9000MT of fertiliser left China on 23 September and was scheduled to arrive at the Colombo port on 22 October. “They also stated that an agreement was reached to conduct another test on the fertiliser through a third party. 

We would like to know who they have reached an agreement with to conduct such a test despite reports that the ship was turned back after lab tests in Sri Lanka found samples containing harmful bacteria known as Erwinia,” Dissanayake added. He stated that the Director General of Agriculture had requested the Harbour Master in Colombo Port not to allow the ship to enter the port or anchor anywhere near the port, and urged the Government not to reverse the decision for any reason.  

By Nabiya Vaffoor | Published: 2:00 AM Oct 25 2021

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