The State Ministry of Agriculture says that investigations have commenced into a fraud alleged to have occurred during the fertilizer issue.
Minister of State for Vidura Wickramanayaka said that an internal audit team has been appointed for this purpose.
He said that these investigations were based on several allegations that various irregularities had occurred in the recent past.
The minister said the fertilizer subsidy provided by the government has been misused by this process.
He also said that although the extent of cultivation is varied, there are problems with the issue of the same amount of fertilizer every season.