Minister of Agriculture Mahindananda Aluthgamage says no section of the Agriculture Department has been handed over to the Sri Lanka Army.
Speaking to media in Kandy yesterday the Minister said the Army will only assist in operations of the National Operation Centre for Green Agriculture.
The Minister said the media misinterprets all actions of the government, adding that a Ministry and subject Ministers are in place to reach policy decisions.
He added the Army just as they extended their support during the COVID-19 pandemic, will support the agriculture sector.
Minister Aluthgamage claimed an Operation Centre has been set up while the Army will look at whether processes are being fulfilled stringently, if farmers are receiving quality fertiliser, if they have complaints, and if the programme is a success.
The Minister said it the Operation Centre is merely an information centre.
Meanwhile the Minister also expressed his views regarding statements made by certain parties of a food shortage next year.
Minister Aluthgamage assured there will be no food shortage in 2022.
He said 800,000 hectares will be used for harvesting during the Maha season, with 750,000 hectares already used for harvesting.
He charged that these are mere smear campaigns by the opposition.