Accept mistake or face legal action – Chinese company warns

China’s Qingdao Seawin Biotech Group, the fertilizer company has warned to lodge a complaint against Sri Lanka at the FAO of the United Nations. If the Sri Lankan does not clarify its report over the organic fertiliser.

Sri Lanka’s report is causing loss of reputation and goodwill.

Vice General Manager and Chief Technology Officer of Qingdao Seawin Biotech Group, Anna Song said to Colombo based Daily mirror that the organic fertiliser manufactured by the Qingdao Seawin group was supplied to over 56 countries including the USA, UK, Australia and Italy and the local buyer – Ceylon Fertiliser Company and Colombo Commercial Fertilisers – had signed a contract with Qingdao Seawin on October 26, after it had won the tender called out by the Agriculture Ministry.

Song said that the tender was called by Sri Lanka by the end of June after which an official from the Sri Lankan government had contacted the Chinese Embassy in Colombo to recommend a supplier of organic fertiliser. The Chinese Embassy had in return informed China’s Agriculture Ministry who recommended 24 qualified suppliers including Qingdao Seawin.

Meanwhile, Song said that Sri Lanka’s Embassy in China had recommended a local agent for Qingdao Seawin and on July 28, the company submitted the bidding documents for the tender.

Song said that the Sri Lankan buyers had then in August requested for more samples to test the fertiliser and a further 10 kgs of the organic fertiliser was sent immediately. Song alleged that their company was never informed that their sample was rejected.

“Our company has been focusing on organic fertiliser for more than 20 years. So we went with our good quality and complete certificate system. All the certificates were submitted to the Sri Lankan side and we met all the requirements although they were very strict.time was short and the requirement was high and we completed all the procedures which is why the contract was signed with us by Sri Lanka,” Song said.

Qingdao Seawin have now demanded for the Additional Director of the NPQS, Dr. W. Wickramaarachchi to accept his mistake and put out an accurate report immediately or face legal action. Further, Song says if the company’s name is not cleared from such baseless allegations against their products, they will be compelled to lodge a complaint with the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, to which Sri Lanka is also a member.

Song said their battle to clear their name was on and they would not back down till their company is cleared off all allegations.

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