The All Ceylon Farmers Federation says the farming community is not ready to accept the guaranteed price of for Rs.75 for a kilogram of paddy.
When enquired by NewsRadio on the decision of the Cabinet of Ministers to purchase a kilogram of paddy for Rs.75 from today from farmers through the Paddy Marketing Board, the National Organiser of the Federation Namal Karunaratne said it was not justifiable for the President, Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage and the government to propose the guaranteed price after all the loses caused to the farming community.
Karunaratne said farmers had to bear an additional cost of Rs.20 to produce a kilogram of paddy using the relevant fertiliser adding farmers are buying a bag of fertiliser for Rs.15,000 to Rs.20,000.
He said the production cost of a kilogram of paddy is well over Rs.75 adding the price of a kilogram of paddy has increased to Rs.100.
Karunaratne urged the government to provide a fair solution to the farmers adding the government is responsible to ensure the price of rice does not increase, causing burden to the consumers.
Commenting on the allocation of Rs. 40 billion to provide compensation to farmers for crops damaged during the 2020 Maha season, Namal Karunaratne said compensation must be given not only to the paddy farmers but also to all farmers affected by the fertiliser crisis.
He the entire farming community has been affected by the issue.
He warned the government not to clear themselves by only providing a meager amount to paddy farmers.
Karunaratne said according to existing laws the government is responsible to provide compensation amounting to Rs.40,000 for the damages caused to crops.
Karunaratne said they have already organized a major protest march in Embilipitiya against the government that has burdened the public severely.