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PM Modi Assures Fertilizer To Sri Lanka Facing Food Crisis | World

Colombo: Facing a disaster of severe food shortage over the worst economic crisis in Sri Lanka, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has assured President Gotabaya Rajapaksa of fertilizer for the ongoing cultivation season.

Rajapaksa on Wednesday announced that the fertilizer would be supplied with Indian loan assistance and has planned to supply it within 20 days once it is received here.

He announced this at a discussion on the current crisis in the irrigation and agriculture sector in the country held at the President’s House in Colombo.

The fertilizer is expected to be delivered for Yala season, one of the two cultivation seasons in the Indian Ocean island nation, starting from May and August.

The country saw a nearly 30 to 40 per cent drop in yield during Maha season which ended in

March and April.

The agriculture experts and farmers have blamed the Sri Lankan government’s overnight decision on April 27, 2021, to ban chemical fertilizer as the reason for major cultivation drop.

In April 2021, President Rajapaksa admitted ban on chemical fertilizer was a mistake and reversed the decision, yet the dollar crunch with current economic crisis has become a major hurdle to import the chemical fertilizer.

In early May 2022 following discussions with Sri Lankan High Commissioner to India

Milinda Moragoda, India had assured the supply of the much needed fertiliser.

Sri Lankan High Commission in India had announced that following talks with India’s Secretary to the Department of Fertilizers, Rajesh Kumar Chaturvedi, India has agreed to supply 65,000 MT of urea needed for the Yala season.

Going through the worst-ever economic crisis since independence, India has assisted her Southern neighbor with nearly $3 billion to provide essential items such as food, fuel, medicine and fertilizer.

(IANS)

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