JVP Leader Parliamentarian Anura Dissanayake has expressed opposition to the proposal to slash the fertilizer subsidy for it affects the farmer community.
Anura Dissanayaka was speaking at a media briefing held at the head office of the JVP at Pelawatta. The National Organizer of all Ceylon Farmers’ Federation Namal Karunaratna and the General Secretary of the Federation T.B. Sarath were also present. He said:
” The history of our country, its location, the rainfall and all other factors are aligned for agriculture. However, the present coalition government has enormously pressurized farmer community and agriculture.
The fertilizer subsidy given to farmer s is a production subsidy. The chemical fertilizer helps farmers to get a good harvest in paddy, vegetables and other crops. There is a debate that has come up regarding the use of chemical fertilizers and it is necessary to have a scientific dialogue.
However, the government slashes the fertilizer subsidy not based on bad effects of chemical fertilizer. If it is necessary to slash the subsidy on unsuitability the government should propose an alternative. What the government proposes is a cash relief of Rs.25,000 for a year. Earlier fertilizer subsidy was given for 5 acres. Now it has been slashed for 2.5 acres.”