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Fertilisers available in sufficient quantities for Yala cultivation after three years – Minister

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TSP to be given free of charge

By Ifham Nizam

The government has decided to provide during the Yala season, TSP fertiliser free of charge to all 1.2 million farmers cultivated paddy during the 2022 Maha season.

A ship carrying 36,000 tonnes of TSP is scheduled to arrive here from Egypt on 20 March.

Agriculture Minister Mahinda Amaraweera told a press briefing at the Information Department yesterday that the government had decided to provide the recommended amount of TSP fertiliser free of charge to 1.2 million farmers who cultivated 780,000 hectares of paddy in the 2022 Maha season regardless of whether they planted paddy in the 2022 Yala season or not.

The Ministry of Agriculture has made arrangements to provide organic fertilizers to the farmers who use TSP Fertilizer, Urea Fertilizer, and MOP Fertilizer.

TSP fertilizer is provided free of cost to all farmers and the government has focused on reducing the price of a 50 kg bundle of MOP fertiliser from Rs.19,500 to Rs.10,000.

The approval of the Presidential Food Safety Committee had been received, he said.

He also said that currently, 30,000 tonnes of urea fertiliser were in storage and another 50,000 tonnes would be procured.

About 38,000 tonnes of MOP fertilizers are available to the government fertilizer companies. For this reason, arrangements had been made to give all the fertilisers required for paddy cultivation to the farmers at the beginning of the new season without any shortage, a Ministry official said.



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Future of Sri Lanka will be determined by the economic policies implemented over the next five years – President

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President Ranil Wickremesinghe emphasized that the future of Sri Lanka will be determined by the economic policies implemented over the next five years.

The President delivered this statement while addressing the youth and business community in Mannar during his participation in the “Youth Conference” held on  Sunday (16).

The President initially attended the Mannar District “Youth Conference” held at the Conference Hall in Mannar Town Hall. The conference, themed “Journey for a Bright Future,” included an award ceremony where the President presented certificates and cash prizes to students who excelled in the 2023/2024 G.C.E Advanced Level Examination.

President Wickremesinghe interacted directly with the youth, addressing their questions and providing positive responses.  He explained that over the past four years, job creation was hindered by the COVID-19 pandemic and economic crisis and he assured the audience that the upcoming economic program would create new job opportunities for those previously unable to secure employment.

The President emphasized that it is up to the youth to decide whether they wish to advance their own future and contribute to the country through the government’s program.

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President assures that persons on pilgrimage to Madhu will not be hindered

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Addressing the Mannar District Development Committee meeting held at the Mannar District Secretariat on Sunday (16), President Ranil Wickremesinghe said  that it is unfair to arrest and fine pilgrims on their way to sacred sites like Madhu Church and Sri Pada.and assured that pilgrims visiting  Madhu Church will be provided with all necessary facilities to engage in their pilgrimage activities without any hindrance.

He instructed that if pilgrims are arrested in the future, the President’s Office should be informed immediately.

During the meeting, the President directed the Sri Lanka Army to clean and develop both sides of the existing Madhu Road for the convenience of the pilgrims visiting Madhu Church. He also said that a representative of the Bishop of Mannar, the Department of Forest Conservation, the Road Development Authority and the Sri Lanka Police should coordinate to ensure that these tasks are completed before the upcoming annual festival of the church of Our Lady of Madhu.

The DDC meeting, which focused on the future development plans for the Mannar district was attended by Political representatives and government officials.

 

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Abandon selfishness and embrace a life of sacrifice and harmony to achieve spiritual and worldly success – President

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President Ranil Wickremesinghe, in his Hajj message emphasizes that to achieve spiritual and worldly success, individuals must abandon selfishness and embrace a life of sacrifice and harmony. It is with this noble aim in mind that Muslims celebrate the Hajj festival each year.

On this occasion, Muslims from around the globe gather at a single place of worship, united in purpose, to pray for communal values that embody the hope of humanity. The Hajj celebration fosters feelings of equality and brotherhood among all people, delivering a profound message for world peace.

I extend my heartfelt wishes to the entire Muslim community in Sri Lanka and around the world for a meaningful Hajj celebration, where everyone comes together to fulfill the aspirations of humanity.

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