Agriculture Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said, he will update Cabinet today (12) on the paddy purchase crisis.
He said, Cabinet approved the Ministry of Agriculture spending Rs 2,000 million on paddy purchases, but banks are refusing to lend them the money.
During that discussion, the minister said he expected to find a solution to the State banks’ failure to release the funds required for the purchase of paddy.
In addition, the minister highlighted that a special discussion in this regard will take place tomorrow (13).
“Also, the officers involved in this are sluggish in supporting the process. That is something I will have to accept as well. I will reveal in the near future who is jeopardising the Government’s processes,” he said.
He was speaking during a discussion with a group of farmers’ organisation representatives yesterday at the Anuradhapura Animal Harvesting Technology Institute auditorium.
According to reports, the short-term, medium-term, and long-term solutions to the farmers’ problems were extensively discussed during this discussion. At this meeting, representatives of farmer organisations requested subsidised chemical fertilisers, insecticides, and weed killers, as well as adequate fuel for land preparation and harvesting work and water pump operation.
Farmers’ organisations have also sought quality seeds at subsidised prices, as well as a speedier payment of insurance compensation to farmers whose crops were damaged earlier.
By Thameenah Razeek