Nanotech Institute to produce new fertilizer variety

The Institute of Nanotechnology in Sri Lanka has taken measures to introduce a new variety of fertilizers containing phosphate potassium and nitrogen to increase the value of locally produced phosphate fertilizers.

It was revealed at a discussion held at the Agriculture Ministry under the patronage of Agriculture Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage that preliminary practical tests in this regard are being carried out at the Bathalagoda Paddy Research Institute.

Agriculture Director-General Dr Ajantha de Silva, Prof. Nilwala Kottagoda, Chief Executive Officer of the Institute of Nanotechnology Naresh Handagama, and Chairman of the Phosphate Fertilizer Production Company Sujeewa Indrajith Karunasinghe were present at the discussion.

The Minister pointed out that the phosphate deposit is a valuable natural resource in the country and the country should make maximum use of it.

The amount of fertilizer currently being produced in connection with this phosphate deposit should be increased to 50 metric tonnes. Prof. Nirmala Kottagoda said out that the cultivation of maize using the new fertilizer composition by increasing the value of phosphate fertilizers has been successful and said that tests are being carried out on vegetables and other crops using this new type of fertilizer.

She pointed out that it would take about four months to complete the research on the new type of fertilizer that increases the value of phosphate fertilizers and if it is successful, it will be possible to produce high-quality fertilizer in our country with all the components required for organic farming in the country.