ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka has appointed a committee to examine how liquid nitrogen could be provided for the tea industry, a minister said as the sector warned that it is facing a collapse due to a chemical fertilizer ban.
“A committee has been formed to look into how liquid nitrogen could be provided to tea,” Co-cabinet spokesman Minister Dullas Allahapperuma said.
“There have been a lot of complaint from tea growers and I understand that nitrogen is the biggest problem. In a few days more details of this mechanism will be made known.”
Sri Lanka’s tea farmers have said that 1.3 billion dollar export industry was threatened by the ban on fertilizer which cost only 30 million dollars to import.
Minister Allahapperuma said doctors had advised that in 1984, there only a handful of kidney patients but now Sri Lanka had built the regions largest kidney hospital and it was required to ban chemical fertilizer.
However chemical fertilizer is also used in other countries. (Colombo/Oct12/2021)