No change in agriculture policy – President
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa yesterday reiterated that the decision to implement the green agriculture policy with organic fertiliser will not be reversed at any cost. While expressing his concern on the delay in the distribution of organic fertiliser, the President said authorities should endeavour to find solutions for the agitated farmers in accordance with the Green Agriculture Policy.
He said there is no impediment for officials who do not agree with the Government’s strategy to withdraw from it. The programme requires the support of a well-defined team of people. The President said the reason farmers were protesting and delaying cultivation was because they were not properly informed, where authorities from the Agriculture sector said the current weather has lowered the production of various crops, including vegetables.
They also noted that the delay in the distribution of organic fertiliser hampered cultivation activities during the Maha season, but that cultivation has begun in about 70 per cent of the whole land at the district level. According to the President, the Government supplies organic fertiliser and solely provides subsidies for organic farming. “Farmers must be taught about the chemical fertiliser mafia,” he said.
The President said so during a special discussion yesterday (22) at the Presidential Secretariat on the cultivation for the Maha season and the delivery of organic fertiliser. He stressed that the country’s agriculture is exclusively for a green agriculture that concentrates on the use of organic fertilisers. Government policy has not changed. At the same time, the President underlined the importance of officers' dedication to fighting and winning the right thing. He enquired from district authorities about paddy and other crop cultivation in all parts of the country. (TR)