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FAO provides 375,000 bags of Urea fertilizer

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The World Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has agreed to provide 375,000 bags of Urea fertilizer to low-income farming families in Sri Lanka for paddy cultivation.

This stock of urea fertilizer is to be given free of charge to 375,000 farmers who have less than one acre paddy at 50 kg per farmer.

Agriculture Minister Mahinda Amaraweera agreed to provide urea fertilizer for the Maha Season as per a discussion held with officials of the World Food and Agriculture Organization.

The Minister said that our country will receive 1000 metric tons as its first stock in the next two weeks.

The Minister held a discussion with the owners of small, medium and large scale rice mills on Thursday regarding the purchase of paddy in the yala season and cultivation activities in the next Maha season.

“Rice mill owners said that the farmers say that the urea fertilizer provided by the government in the yala season is 100 percent of high quality. Therefore, they said, the paddy yield in the yala season will exceed the expected level. It was planned to cultivate 275,000 hectares of paddy this year, but with the Government’s decision to provide urea fertilizer, the amount of paddy cultivated has now increased to 512,000 hectares,” the Minister” pointed out.

In the meantime, the World Food and Agriculture Organization has decided to provide subsidies to 14 lakhs families at the rate of Rs. 18,000 per family to grow green gram with the aim of increasing the nutrition of women-based low-income families.

Thus, in order to popularize Green Gram cultivation in the Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Monaragala, Ampara and Hambantota districts, the women of those districts have decided to give the money subsidy to the women basic farming families.

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