The All Ceylon Joint Economic Centres says there is a risk of small-scale vegetable farmers in Nuwara Eliya abandoning their cultivation if the government does not provide chemical fertilisers at subsidized prices instead of allowing the private sector to import chemical fertilisers.
Speaking to the media in Nuwara Eliya today, Chairman of the Union Aruna Shantha Hettiarachchi said the statement made by the Minister of Agriculture that compensation will not be paid to farmers who did not use the organic fertiliser and nano nitrogen fertiliser was unfair.
Hettiarachchi said agriculture officers of the Nuwara Eliya District had not looked into any issues adding if done so the matters would not have escalated.
He said the Minister previously claimed that compensation will be paid to farmers who used both organic fertiliser and chemical fertilisers.
Hettiarachchi said the farming community plays a key role in the food production and the country’s economy adding however they are now facing severe hardships.
He said some relief or concession from the government will be highly appreciated at this moment.