India to supply 65000 tonnes of urea to crisis-hit Sri Lanka
Colombo: India has assured immediate supply of 65,000 tonnes of urea to Sri Lanka, which is facing deep economic and political crisis, which will be used for paddy cultivation. According to reports published in local media on Saturday, the Sri Lankan High Commissioner in New Delhi Milinda Moragoda raised the issue of fertilizers in a meeting with Fertilizer Secretary Rajesh Kumar Chaturvedi on Thursday.
During this, Chaturvedi assured him that India would soon supply 65000 tonnes of urea to Sri Lanka. The High Commission of Sri Lanka, in a message thanking India for this help, said that the decision to supply urea for the current Yala season of crops was taken by India despite the restrictions imposed on the supply of urea. The purpose behind this is to provide immediate help to Sri Lanka in the Yala season of paddy cultivation. While the Sri Lankan High Commissioner thanked Chaturvedi for this step, the Fertilizer Secretary said that this decision is in line with the Indian policy of the neighboring country.
Chaturvedi said that steps are being taken to transport this consignment of urea to Sri Lanka at the earliest. In this meeting, both the officials discussed ways to maintain uninterrupted supply of chemical fertilizers under the line of credit given by India to Sri Lanka. With the deepening of the crisis in Sri Lanka, India has given loans, credit facilities and loan swap facilities of about three billion dollars since last January. The Sri Lankan government last year banned the use of chemical fertilizers to move towards organic farming. Because of this, agricultural produce like rice and tea had a profound effect.