Objects were placed along the road to prevent the vehicles taking the paddy from reaching the airport. The police however later cleared the objects.Some protesters later slept across the road refusing to allow the vehicles to enter the airport. The police however spoke to the protesters and cleared the road. (Colombo Gazette) “If the airport cannot be used for any other purpose then there is no issue in using it to store paddy,” he said.National Freedom Front Leader Wimal Weerawansa also questioned the decision taken by the Government to store paddy at the airport. Several employees of the airport and some residents in the area protested along the road near the airport against using the MRIA to store paddy. The JVP leader said that the Government has no right to use the airport for political purposes as it was built using public funds. The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) has questioned the decision to store paddy at the Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (MRIA).JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake, speaking in Parliament today, asked if the Government has conducted a study before deciding to store paddy at MRIA. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe later said that the Government will agree to hold a debate in Parliament on the Mattala airport.The first stock of paddy was brought to MRIA yesterday but it was greeted with protests.The Paddy Marketing Board had earlier sought approval to store paddy at the MRIA stores. The request was approved and a stock of paddy was taken to the airport today. He said that the study should reveal if the airport cannot be used for anything else other than to store paddy.
Amazon Mining Holding has filed a patent application in the UK for the production of conventional potash product, muriate of potash (KCl) and sulphate of potash (SOP) from verdete slate of the Cerrado Verde Project. The technology was developed by Dr. Derek Fray, Professor and Director of Research at the University of Cambridge. The Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, sponsored by Amazon has invented a method for reacting verdete slate with a simple mixture of salts to form water-soluble potash. The reactions occur at moderate temperatures of 800-1,000oC and most reagents are regenerated in process. The route allows for the production of potassium sulphate (SOP) and muriate of potash (KCl). The company’s primary focus and immediate goal remains the development of its Cerrado Verde potash property and bringing its ThermoPotash fertiliser product into production.Amazon continues, in parallel, to develop a method for producing a conventional potash export commodity. The next step in the KCl and SOP product development process will be to initiate studies for a pilot plant. The current processing concept is simple and straight-forward and the company believes it can be scaled up to industrial levels.Amazon Mining is a mineral exploration and development company founded and led by Brazilians since 2005. It is focused on the development of the Cerrado Verde project. Cerrado Verde is source of a potash rich rock from which Amazon plans to produce a slow-release, non-chloride, multi-nutrient, fertiliser product. Amazon Mining is a UK public company with shares listed on the TSX Venture Exchange since November 2007.