Minister of Agriculture Mahindananda Aluthgamage pledges to take forward the green agriculture concept during the upcoming Yala season by rectifying shortcomings.
Speaking to media in Kandy, Minister Aluthgamage acknowledged when the green agriculture concept was first introduced during the last season, farmers did not receive the required fertiliser stocks on time.
The Minister said owing to the coronavirus crisis, officials were also unable to reach out to the farmers and educate them about the concept.
He said however, such shortcomings will be rectified and the programme will be implemented during the next Yala season.
Minister Aluthgamage said farmers were inconvenienced due to the fertiliser issue but claimed the revenue of paddy farmers increased during the Yala season.
Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage stressed that a decision on granting compensation to farmers who were affected by the organic fertiliser programme will be taken during Monday’s cabinet meeting.
The Minister said he has also inspected and analysed data from four districts. He said the yield in the Gampaha district had reduced by 10 to 15 percent, 20 percent in the Kurunegala district and 25 percent in the Anuradhapura district due to the fertiliser issue.
The Minister said overall the yield of farmers had reduced by 20 to 30 percent during the last season.
Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage said based on the assessments the compensation will be decided adding an agreement on the guaranteed price for paddy will also be reached next week.
He said the government has decided to import 1 million MT of rice but assured that they will not allow farmers to be affected by imports.