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WFP provides 55,000 MT of MOP fertiliser free to farmers

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Under the guidance of UNCTAD (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development), the World Food Programme has arranged to provide 55,000 metric tons of MOP fertiliser to the farmers of Sri Lanka free of charge, said Agriculture and Plantation Industries Minister Mahinda Amaraweera.

This stock of fertiliser is to be given for paddy cultivation in the next two cropping seasons. The Government will receive this stock of fertiliser from the World Food Programme.

The Minister emphasized this in a discussion held at the Agriculture and Plantation Industries Ministry regarding the National Fertiliser Programme, yesterday (01).

Due to the non-application of MOP fertiliser, which is an essential fertiliser for paddy cultivation, yellowing of the paddy cultivation occurs; also, the panicles fail to grow properly. It has been found that many farmers do not use MOP fertiliser for paddy cultivation and only 400 metric tons have been sold in this Yala season.

The price of MOP fertiliser was at a high level of Rs. 14,000 and Minister Amaraweera was advised to reduce this price to Rs. 9,000 by the government owned fertiliser companies. Accordingly, since the last Maha season, MOP fertiliser has been sold at the price of Rs. 9,000.

However, it is estimated that Rs. 3.5 billion will be spent on VAT and operational fees for the fertiliser distribution. Of this, Rs. 1.1 billion will have to be spent as utility costs and Rs. 2.4 billion as VAT. Minister Amaraweera said that the approval of the Cabinet has been obtained to receive this amount.

(dailynews.lk)

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Prasanna urges Ranil to declare candidacy promptly

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During a spirited rally in Kadawatha today, Minister Prasanna Ranatunga passionately urged President Ranil Wickremesinghe to promptly announce his candidacy for the presidency within the upcoming week.

“The people of Gampaha eagerly await your decision. Please do not delay any further in declaring your intention to contest,” Minister Ranatunga urged with conviction.

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Harin awards Rs. 1M to Olympic athletes

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Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs Harin Fernando has awarded financial sponsorship cheques of Rs. 1 million each to six athletes participating in the 2024 Paris Olympic Games. 

Additionally, prize money totaling Rs. 1280 lakh was distributed to athletes and coaches who secured medals and top-eight positions in the last Asian and Paralympic Games in Hangzhou, China.

Young sprinter Tharushi was among the highly rewarded, receiving Rs. 15 million for her Asian Games gold medal along with another Rs. 2.5 million for her relay medal.

Minister Fernando emphasized the significance of encouraging athletes even amidst the country’s financial crisis. 

He expressed his commitment to promoting sports and highlighted the importance of discipline in representing Sri Lanka. He urged athletes to dedicate themselves to achieving victory, meeting the high expectations of the nation.

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Former INSSSL Director General Asanka Abeygunasekara arrested

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The former Director General of the Institute of National Security Studies of Sri Lanka (INSSSL) Asanka Abeygunasekara has been arrested by police.

Abeygunasekara, against whom there was a pending open warrant over a case filed by the Inland Revenue Department (IRD), was arrested at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) in Katunayake this morning (21), police said.

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