COLOMBO (NewsRadio); Another shipment of 22,000MT of urea fertiliser has arrived at the Colombo harbour.
The fertiliser shipment was procured from Malaysia through World Bank funding.
Minister of Agriculture Mahinda Amaraweera previously instructed officials to unload the shipment yesterday itself.
Accordingly, the fertiliser shipment which arrived from Malaysia was to be unloaded from 8 last night.
The World Bank approved a loan of USD 105 million to purchase urea fertiliser stocks required for paddy and maize cultivations in the 2022/23 Maha season.
Accordingly, a shipment of 22,000MT of urea fertiliser purchased through the loan arrived at the Colombo harbour yesterday.
Through the loan, a shipment of 13,000MT of fertiliser was procured previously from China.
The Ministry of Agriculture noted that 120,000MT of urea fertiliser have been procured for this season.
Fertiliser stocks are being distributed through 566 centres of the Department of Agrarian Development, at present.
Meanwhile, another urea fertiliser shipment is due to arrive in Colombo on the 28th of this month.
Furthermore, a 40,000MT of Muriate of Potash (MOP) shipment is due to arrive in the country during the first week of December.
The Agriculture Ministry added that another 700MT of urea fertiliser will be handed over to Minister Mahinda Amaraweera on Tuesday by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
The stocks will be distributed among low-income families in eight districts.