The distribution of urea fertiliser, that was imported under the Indian loan facility for the 2022 Yala season, has been successfully completed.
Only 248,000 hectares of land was cultivated due to the shortage of chemical fertilisers and the distrust among farmers pertaining to organic fertiliser during the past month since the commitment of the yala season.
The Ministry of Agriculture estimated that 275,000 hectares of farm land will be cultivated.
With this development, the government’s in order to avert a possible rice shortage worked towards securing urea fertiliser for paddy cultivation for the Yala season.
Accordingly, the Agriculture Ministry said as of last Friday, 512,000 hectares had been cultivated.
The Irrigation Department and the Mahaweli Development Authority informed that 100 percent of farmland was cultivated.
A discussion was held last week under the Chairmanship of Minister of Agriculture, Wildlife and Forest Conservation Mahinda Amaraweera pertaining to the distribution of urea fertiliser for the yala season.
Accordingly, the Department of Agricultural Development said urea fertiliser was distributed to 490,515 farmers who cultivated 304,734 hectares with 29,740.73MT of fertiliser.