Paddy fields in major rice-growing districts have reportedly wilted away due to a shortage of fertiliser. It has been reported that although the Agriculture Ministry has ordered that fertiliser stocks be issued to the market, these stocks are yet to reach the market place.
News1st cameras captured footage of thousands of acres of paddy fields which have wilted away due to the lack of fertiliser. Farmers state that fertiliser not being available on time could be cited as the reason for this.
Attending an event in Dambulla, State Minister of Agriculture Wasantha Aluvihare stated that the issue has arisen as a result of a circular that was issued by the Fertiliser Secretariat.