Leader of the Opposition Sajith Premadasa says a serious crisis has arisen in several sectors due to arbitrary decisions reached by the government, without a scientific basis, regarding chemical fertiliser.
Making a statement in Parliament under Standing Orders 27(2), Opposition Leader Premadasa said farming dependant only on organic fertiliser will lead to a food shortage in future.
The Opposition Leader said expert advice and related experiments must be considered prior to reaching an important decision regarding the country’s agriculture sector.
He added such decisions must be reached with scientific facts, and should not be based on a political agenda.
MP Premadasa claimed decisions reached by the government should not harm food security.
He noted with the rising population, the country’s food production should at least increase by one percent.
Premadasa however claimed it was observed that the yield reduced by 21-30 percent with organic farming, done under all technological standards of the Rice Research and Development Institute.
In response Minister of Agriculture Mahindananda Aluthgamage said the government has not reached any decision that will harm food security or farmers.
Minister Aluthgamage claimed farmers helped bring the present administration to power adding therefore it will not take any steps that will harm farmers and the economy.
The Agriculture Minister added farmers had planted crops in 525,000 hectares.
Minister Aluthgamage claimed the opposition is leading protests with farmers as they have lost elections, and are now attempting to stay in politics with the help of farmers.
He added several parties within the government are also using farmers for their own political agenda.
The Minister stressed the government has a responsibility regarding farmers adding it will not the country’s agriculture sector collapse.