The opposition has accused the government of importing China’s urban waste as organic fertilizer.
Former Parliamentarian Ajith P Perera questioned Minister of Agriculture Mahindananda Aluthgamage as to why they decided to conceal the fact that certain samples of organic fertilizer imported to Sri Lanka from China contained bacteria that is a threat to human life.
He said that the National Plant Quarantine Service, on the 8th of August, revealed information that was concealed by the Agriculture Ministry.
The former MP said Minister Aluthgamage assured that the organic fertilizer imported had no concerns, despite the report saying otherwise.
Ajith P Perera added the bacteria found in the organic fertilizer would function as an agent that causes meningitis and other deadly diseases.
He also said another bacteria was found within the fertilizer that could infect and destroy potato crops.