Posted on 12.20.2020 by Chandana Sirimalwatte in Local News with 0 Comments
(TopNews) Some employees of the National Fertilizer Secretariat have been connected to releasing large amounts of fertilizer containing heavy metal compounds including lead, chromium, arsenic and cadmium into the market in excess of the permitted levels.
A recent audit revealed that fake reports have been prepared and released instead of accurate laboratory test reports, in order to certify the toxic-degraded fertilizer consignments.
It is also revealed that in 34 instances when subject clerks and supervisors responsible for handling relevant files and misplaced laboratory reports. The government subsidized value of imported fertilizers exceeding Rs. 1 billion.
In many other instances, although the market approval for a stock of fertilizer for a fertilizer company was denied due to non-compliance of the sample tests with the national parameters, it has been released to the stock market. It has been revealed that the Secretariat has neglected its responsibility to prevent the distribution of destroyed stock and to destroy it. In addition, a subsidy of Rs. 179 million was requested for this non-standard fertilizer which was issued to farmers when it was unfit for use.