SLPP warns 75% crop loss due to lack of fertiliser



By Maheesha Mudugamuwa

Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) yesterday lashed out at the government for the anticipated massive crop loss at the forthcoming Maha harvest due to the failure of authorities to make available fertiliser on time.

Former Chief Minister and Anuradhapura District MP S. M. Chandrasena told the media that the anticipated crop loss would be as much as 75 percent.

The government had not taken any action since 2015 to strengthen the agriculture sector. Even though there was a fertilizer shortage,the Agriculture Minister did not own up to the government’s failure, Chandrasena stressed.

Citing government statistics, MP Chandrasena said in 2006 the rice production had been about 60 percent of total demand but in 2012 it was 100 percent and the previous government under the leadership of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa had been able to export rice. The maize production had been 15 percent of the demand in 2006 and in 2012 it had increased up 85 percent.

But, at present there was a rice shortage, he said.

Chandrasena said no compensation had been given to farmers even though the majority of them were from the ten districts which were the worst hit by droughts for the last three years.

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