Samagi Jana Balawegaya Parliamentarian Thalatha Athukorala says farmers’ lives have been destroyed.
Speaking during a media briefing MP Athukorala said farmers were self-sufficient and generated an income to the country while supplying food to the people.
She added however their lives have been destroyed at present.
The MP noted when the President came into power he banned the import of turmeric, and the price of 100g of turmeric which was at Rs.70, increased to Rs.700.
She added a kilogram of turmeric is now Rs.7,000.
She claimed the country’s only source of income, which is the tea industry, has also been destroyed.
The MP said rice is the staple diet in the country and rice production is at risk at present.
She claimed vegetables are also being sold at black market rates.