The President has instructed the Minister of Plantation to appoint a committee to conduct a study on the use of chemical fertiliser for tea cultivation.
Speaking during the weekly Cabinet media briefing today, Cabinet Spokesman Minister Dullas Alahapperuma said the President instructed Minister Ramesh Pathirana to appoint senior staff headed by the Secretary to the Ministry for this purpose.
Responding to media as to whether the government decided to allow the use of chemical fertilisers in tea cultivation, the Cabinet Spokesman said Minister Pathirana informed the Cabinet of Ministers that liquid nitrogen is the main requirement.
He said chemical fertilisers are not allowed adding all stakeholders in the tea industry informed the Ministry and the government that the shortage of liquid nitrogen has led to a serious concern.
On a separate note, Minister Alahapperuma said the decision by the government to suspend the import of organic fertiliser from a Chinese firm was not a diplomatic crisis.
The Minister said the decision to suspend the import of organic fertiliser was due to relevant fertiliser samples not meeting standards adding the firm can appeal the decision.
The Cabinet Spokesman said there are attempts to define the situation as a diplomatic crisis adding it was concern to public health.
Minister Alahapperuma said the matter does not in any way threaten diplomatic relations between China or India.