Senior Professor of the Faculty of Agriculture of the University of Peradeniya Buddhi Marambe says the production of liquid fertiliser without regulated standards is one of the major reasons behind the explosion of liquid fertiliser cans.
Prof. Marambe said liquid fertiliser manufacturers are responsible for the explosion of fertiliser cans, since it has not been prepared by adhering to strict quality standards.
He pointed out that the microorganisms involved in the fertiliser production process are still in an active state, resulting in reactions within the fertiliser cans.
Prof. Marambe stressed that the problem was not an excess of nitrogen or the strength of the fertiliser, but the quality of the content. He commented that microorganisms will react much faster in closed containers with little oxygen and release various gases.
Professor Buddhi Marambe noted that the explosion of fertilizer cans reported by farmers across the country is due to internal pressure of cans which is the fault of the manufacturers as they have failed to consider the composition of the contents during production.