The opposition says the present government has not received a mandate to immediately ban the use of chemical fertiliser.
Speaking during a media briefing in Colombo today, Parliamentarian Lakshman Kiriella said according to the policy statement of the President and the government, organic farming will be introduced gradually during a 10-year period.
He said governments are elected based on pre-election policy statements.
MP Kiriella claimed accordingly based on the policy statement of the present administration, a gradual change from chemical fertiliser to organic farming must be in 10 years.
Parliamentarian Lakshman Kiriella also said due to the tax relief given to the super rich by the present government, the country is facing a financial crisis.
MP Kiriella said the government through its first Budget reduced the VAT rate, which cost the government Rs.800 billion.
He said such concessions were not given to the average citizen but to major companies and businessmen who supported those in power during the past few elections.
MP Kiriella claimed that one of the companies spent nearly Rs.1 billion on the campaign of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna.
He said the good governance government worked to improve the finances of the state and helped the people.
MP Lakshman Kiriella said the good governance government doubled the state revenue and then managed to increase the salaries of all state employees, reduced the fuel prices, raised the Samurdhi allowance and introduced an insurance scheme for all school children.
He said the previous government also initiated mega development projects and was able to fulfil the demands of the trade unions as well.
MP Kiriella added that the present government brought the financial crisis upon itself and it was not due to the COVID-19 crisis.
He said regional countries such as India and Bangladesh are not experiencing such economic hardships due to COVID-19 pandemic.