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Political motive behind fertiliser issue alleges Aluthgamage

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A political motive is behind the fertiliser issue and the farmers that are protesting around the country, alleges Minister of Agriculture Mahindananda Aluthgamage. He made this remark during a media brief held yesterday (17). "I am sure that you are aware that farmers have taken to the streets due to the lack of fertiliser. Chemical fertiliser companies are behind these protests and they aggravate the farmers, and has also bribed JVP's Namal Karunaratne. The majority of those who lead these protests are members of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) has also joined them. As a part of the ruling faction I regret to say so, " stated Aluthgamage He further went on to say that the nation’s fertiliser issue has now been politicalised, and that Government officials are staying away from the farmers because they would be at the receiving end of criticism. "We stay away from the farmers because we know we will be criticised. When we stay away, other factions go and aggravate the farmers to stage protests. The issue will be solved once the farmers receive their fertiliser. We have already told the farmers that they will be receiving compensation if in case there is a reduction in their produce. What more can we say about this?” remarked Aluthgamage. Additionally, the Minister clarified that the Government is unable to import chemical fertiliser as it will take a minimum period of two months for the stocks to arrive. He went on to say that by then the Maha harvesting season would have passed, so farmers will now have to operate the agriculture sector with the organic fertiliser that has been provided.

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