The Samagi Jana Balawegaya says the contradicting orders issued by the government pertaining to chemical fertiliser on several occasions are humorous.
Speaking during a media briefing this morning Parliamentarian Harshana Rajakaruna condemned the move to issue various directives and reverse decisions regarding the fertiliser crisis, and issue a Gazette and take disciplinary action against officials, within 24 hours.
MP Rajakaruna noted yesterday the Secretary to the Ministry of Agriculture said permission was granted to use chemical fertiliser, adding however the subject Minister and State Minister later said no permission was granted.
He said last night a text alert was sent stating permission was granted to use chemical fertiliser, and by morning the subject Minister had instructed the Ministry Secretary to conduct disciplinary proceedings against the individual who issued the relevant Gazette.
The MP added everyone is unsure of what will happen within the next hour, while claiming the public is unable to believe anything the government says or does.
Commenting on the statement made by the government that organic fertiliser will be provided free of charge, MP Rajakaruna said farmers were deceived by the promise of providing fertiliser free of charge, and not just organic fertiliser.
He claimed the main issue in this regard is that the government doesn’t have funds adding therefore it is attempting to provide chemical fertiliser for the private sector.
The MP questioned if farmers can afford to purchase a bag of urea for Rs.10,000 and whether they will continue farming if so.
He urged the government to refrain from swaying from their decisions and deceiving the public.
MP Rajakaruna claimed the ‘Vistas of Prosperity and Splendour’ national policy framework does not state that only organic fertiliser will be provided for farmers.