The government has no plan to import fertiliser and agricultural inputs for the current Maha Season as well as the upcoming Yala Season, alleged Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) MP Nalin Bandara speaking to a briefing held in the Opposition Leader’s Office yesterday (25).
“The Maha Season has already been destroyed. There is no time to import urea for the Maha Season. Not only the Maha Season, one hundred thousand metric tonnes of urea and fertiliser are required for the Yala Season. But due to the dollar deficit the companies importing fertiliser have ordered only 10 per cent of that one hundred thousand. They have no required amount of dollars. The Central Bank does not implement a program to release dollars. When banks are sought, a LC cannot be opened. International companies have no confidence with one of our LCs; guarantees are sought from intermediates,” the MP said.
He added: “So, the government has not implemented a solution to import fertiliser and other inputs for the Yala Season after the Maha Season. Those who implemented such idiotic agricultural policies in the government further await till that rejected Chinese Ship full of dung is brought back. Also, we are not sure whether the failed nano urea will be brought back too. We have a doubt about it.”