The Ministry of Agriculture has announced that 1.2 million paddy farmers in Sri Lanka will receive free TSP fertilizer for three cultivation seasons. The fertilizer stock, which was imported from Egypt and handed over to the Agricultural Ministry by the United States, will be distributed in batches starting from March 20.
Free TSP fertilizer to be provided for three cultivation seasons
The Sri Lankan Ministry of Agriculture has revealed that all 1.2 million paddy farmers in the country will be provided with free TSP fertilizer for three cultivation seasons. The decision was taken following the official handover of a stock of 36,000 metric tonnes of TSP fertilizer from Egypt to the Agricultural Ministry by the United States on March 19.
Distribution plan for the fertilizer
The first batch of 11,537 metric tonnes of fertilizer will be distributed to all districts in the Northern and Eastern provinces starting from March 20. Additionally, the government has planned to provide 1,244 metric tonnes of fertilizer for the Mannar district, 821 metric tonnes to the Vavuniya district, 820 metric tonnes to the Kilinochchi district, 694 metric tonnes to the Mullathivu district, 297 metric tonnes to the Jaffna district, 1,824 metric tonnes to the Batticaloa district, 4,066 metric tonnes to the Ampara district and 1,746 metric tonnes to the Trincomalee district from the imported stock of fertilizer.
Minister of Agriculture emphasizes prompt delivery
Minister of Agriculture Mahinda Amaraweera has instructed officials to take immediate steps to deliver the fertilizer to the farmers. The move is aimed at supporting paddy farmers in the country, who have faced difficulties due to fertilizer shortages and high prices. The provision of free TSP fertilizer is expected to benefit farmers and boost paddy cultivation in Sri Lanka. – PMD