JJB plans to launch community farms islandwide

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The Jathika Jana Balawegaya (JJB) is planning to launch concept community farms islandwide to help people burdened by the economic crisis, said JJB Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake.

Addressing the media yesterday (9) Dissanayake presented three proposals to actively intervene to alleviate some of the food crisis.

“Our food production is declining. Our country is in a very dangerous situation. As a political movement we do not think that this is a crisis that can be solved 100 per cent by a political movement or a community organisation,” he stressed.

He said as a political movement, JJB has a duty and an inalienable responsibility to provide some relief to the difficulties facing the people at the moment. “The main action we take for this is to establish a group of farms in each province in collaboration with the people,” he claimed.

“With the contribution of the community, we planned to launch this community farm concept to provide the communities with vegetables and other foods. Our political movement has a strong organisational mechanism, both rural and urban” he said.

“Also in consultation with locals, we have identified vulnerable groups such as children, pregnant mothers and the elderly and are planning to launch various relief programmes for such families. Our third intervention is to somehow address the shortage of essential medicines and equipment in hospitals. Many people who are currently hospitalised are at risk of dying.”

“Meanwhile, Ranil Wickremesinghe has become a person who puts forward ideas according to a political agenda to cover up his own failure while saying that the country could survive to this extent only because of his ideas,” Dissanayake alleged.

By Aloka Kasturiarachchi