Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa says certain revolutionary political parties are not representing farmers because they support the agriculture industry.
Speaking during the inaugural ceremony of the programme to award gold land deeds to 100,000 Mahaweli recipients in Embilipitiya the Prime Minister said oil, rice and fertiliser were spoken of in recent days.
The Premier noted when the importation of chemical fertiliser was banned certain revolutionary political parties asked farmers to take to the streets and urged them to destroy crops and refrain from farming activities.
Premier Rajapaksa claimed such parties do not care about agriculture or farmers.
The Prime Minister said such groups spread misinformation and took various measures to disrupt people’s lives and held protests to discourage tourists from visiting the country.
Premier Rajapaksa said various individuals posed as farmers and teachers and took to the streets without any solutions to gain political benefits.
On a separate note Prime Minister Rajapaksa said the COVID-19 pandemic affected several countries and overwhelmed the Indian health system as well.
The Prime Minister said the government took all possible measures to fight the virus similar to powerful nations including imposing travel restrictions.
Premier Rajapaksa added all steps were taken to safeguard the citizens.
He further said the government ensured the country’s operations continued despite the global pandemic.