The ship ‘Hippo Spirit’ is barely the primary cargo of the Chinese language natural fertilizer despatched by Qingdao Seawin Biotech Group, it’s learnt.
This has been revealed by Basic Supervisor and Chief Know-how Officer of the corporate – Anna Track, throughout an interview with ‘Every day Mirror’.
“Accordingly on Oct.26, Qingdao Seawin signed a contract with the Sri Lankan consumers to provide 99,000 metric tonnes of our natural fertiliser, which will probably be damaged up into 4 shipments,” Track stated.
At this time, ‘Hippo Spirit’ with 20,000 MT of fertilizer onboard, stays docked within the outskirts of the Colombo Port.
Grievance to FAO
Ms. Track has additionally stated that if the corporate’s identify shouldn’t be cleared from such baseless allegations in opposition to their merchandise, they are going to be compelled to lodge a grievance with the Meals and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, to which Sri Lanka can be a member.
Noting that natural fertiliser manufactured by the Qingdao Seawin group was equipped to over 56 international locations together with the USA, UK, Australia and Italy and the native purchaser – Ceylon Fertiliser Firm and Colombo Industrial Fertilisers – had signed a contract with Qingdao Seawin on October 26, after it had gained the tender known as out by the Agriculture Ministry.
Micro organism exists… however not Erwinia
Nevertheless, in early September the Sri Lankan purchaser despatched an electronic mail to Qingdao Seawin saying their fertiliser had been rejected because it contained dangerous micro organism. “We then had a Zoom assembly with them and defined to them what the character of natural fertiliser is. And that it incorporates micro organism however not the dangerous variety. Truly, the Chinese language authorities encourages farmers and producers to make use of useful micro organism which is excellent for the soil and crops because it improves the construction of the soil and releases nitrogen to the soil which is excellent,” Track had stated.
Following this assembly, the Chinese language firm had despatched a reply by electronic mail as effectively explaining this after which Sri Lanka confirmed that they had opened an LC.
She had additionally stated that even when dangerous micro organism resembling Erwina do exist as alleged by the Nationwide Plant Quarantine Service (NPQS), they might die as all their merchandise are sterilized.
Settlement or no settlement?
In the meantime, Sri Lanka’s Director Basic of Agriculture Dr. Ajantha Silva has pressured that Sri Lanka has not agreed to re-test the twice rejected Chinese language Natural Fertilizer, by a 3rd celebration.
On Sunday (15), the Chinese language Ambassador to Sri Lanka Qi Zhenhong throughout his go to to Kandy stated that the Chinese language Fertilizer Firm and Sri Lankan authorities have come to an settlement to re-test the inventory of fertilizer by a 3rd celebration.
Talking additional, the Ambassador acknowledged that the difficulty is merely a industrial dispute, nevertheless some events are trying to politicize it.
Nevertheless, Dr. Ajantha de Silva dismissed this remark noting that there is no such thing as a provision to re-test rejected fertilizer, as per the Nationwide Plant Quarantine Act.
Dr. De Silva emphasised that the Hippo Spirit, carrying rejected Chinese language Natural Fertilizer, at the moment anchored in Sri Lankan waters, is not going to be allowed to enter into the nation.
(Excerpts from the Dailymirror interview)