A change to the soil composition in Nuwara Eliya

Saturday, 29 September 2018 - 18:52

Director of the Horticultural Crop Research and Development Institute, Dr. Priyantha Weerasinghe stated that the soil in Nuwara Eliya district is being contaminated by the excessive use of fertilizer in vegetable farming.

Dr. Weerasinghe emphasizes that this may result in a significant drop in the harvest in future.

The Department of Agriculture’s recommendation is to use 30 mg of phosphorous for each kilogram of soil.

However, a recent research by the Agriculture Department has revealed that the phosphorous content in the soil in Nuwara Eliya district stands at 100 mg.

It is reported that in certain areas, the phosphorous content is as high as 400 mg.  

It is also reported that initial signs of contamination of water bodies in the Nuwara Eliya district are observed.   

An algae type can be seen in many water bodies including the Lake Gregory.

Former Director General of the Department of Agriculture, Professor Sarath Amarasiri noted that excessive fertilizer use can also be seen in other areas where vegetables are grown.

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