Leader of the Opposition Sajith Premadasa says with approval granted to the private sector to import chemical fertiliser, the fertiliser subsidy scheme that was in operation in the country for six decades has been abolished.
MP Premadasa said it will cause serious damage to the farming community.
MP Premadasa said a metric tonne of urea was previously USD 397 and has increased to USD 1,000 at present.
The Opposition Leader speaking in Lunugamvehera said the 50kg fertiliser bag will cost at least Rs.10,200 and questioned which farmer will be able to afford the fertiliser.
The MP added there is a dollar shortage today adding that the fertiliser will also have to be imported by dollar payments.
MP Premadasa said just as the ban was lifted on fertiliser imports, the government must release Letters of Credit and the dollars required in order to make the purchases without delay.
He said the government cannot turn around and blame companies in the event there are delays in releasing goods.