Govt. to provide Urea fertilizer for Rs.10,000 to farmers

Fertilizer importers have decided to reduce the price of Urea and tea fertilizer with immediate effect, it was reported yesterday.

Accordingly, the price of 50 Kg sack of Urea will be reduced by Rs.10,000 while the 50 Kg sack of tea fertilizer will be reduced by Rs.1,000 from this week. It was reported that the fertilizer importers  have decided to reduce the price of fertilizer in line with the drop of the fertilizer prices in the world market.

A 50 Kg sack of Urea fertilizer was earlier being sold by the private sector at prices above Rs.38,000.

Meanwhile, the Agriculture Ministry will continue to provide a 50 Kg sack of Urea fertilizer at a subsidized price of Rs.10,000 for the paddy farmers in the upcoming Maha Season as well.

A request made in this regard by Agriculture Minister Mahinda Amaraweera has been accepted by President Ranil Wickremesinghe, the Ministry said.

The minister has also instructed the officials of the Agriculture Ministry to take immediate steps to transport the required urea fertilizer stocks to the Ampara, Batticolor, Mullaitivu, Jaffna, Anuradhapura and Monaragala districts, where the paddy cultivation of the Maha season is scheduled to be commenced within the first two weeks of October.

“Through the early distribution of the fertilizer to the large scale paddy cultivating districts, the ministry has encouraged them to engage in cultivations”, a ministry official said.

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