Indian fertiliser import costs Rs 9B
By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan
Agriculture Department Director General Dr. Ajantha de Silva said India is supplying Nano Nitrogen Liquid Fertiliser (NNLF) and the first consignment arrived in Sri Lanka by air yesterday (19), while the rest would be shipped soon. The NNLF that was shipped would be sent to the Ampara District, he said. The cargo comprises 45,000 litres (90,000 bottles) with each bottle containing 500 ml of NNLF.
He said a total of 2.1 million litres of Indian NNLF at a cost of Rs 9 billion will be imported. Additional litres needed for corn cultivation which would be total of 3.1 million litres would also be imported, he added. The DG said that around 5,000 litres would be needed for one hectare, according to assessments. According to sources, the retail price for Nano Urea in India is US$ 4,800; but Sri Lanka has priced it at $ 20,000 per MT which is too high. When Ceylon Today asked de Silva about the steep cost incurred in importing Nano Urea from India, he said it is of good quality and not highlypriced.