Three containers of organic fertiliser arrive
By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan
Three 40ft containers of organic fertiliser imported from Madurai, South India have arrived to Colombo Harbour on June 2 and they are currently at the Orugodawatta Customs Yard, Ceylon Today learns. This is the first time ever Sri Lanka has imported organic fertiliser to the country.
The Government has already announced that they will do away with chemical fertiliser and introduce organic fertilizer, however, it’s unclear whether this cargo was part of that decision.
It is learnt that the National Fertiliser Secretariat has issued permission to import this consignment. Under the Plant Protection Act of 1999, importing organic fertiliser, which is in reality garbage, is prohibited as such fertiliser carries micro organisms and various other fungi that may be harmful for local use.
Ceylon Today’s attempts to contact Minister of Agriculture, Mahindananda Aluthgamage and Sri Lanka Customs Director General, Maj. Gen. Vijitha Ravipriya to inquire about the imported fertiliser, proved futile.