Farmers to be compensated if harvests reduce: Shasheendra Rajapaksa

The decision to compensate farmers for their losses if harvests are compromised due to the switch to organic fertiliser was confirmed by State Minister Shasheendra Rajapaksa at a media briefing held yesterday (24).

“If in the case of a reduction in the harvest, farmers will be compensated through the farmers trust fund, and the decision to move from chemical to organic fertiliser was made with such implications in mind. We are working while having the best interest of the people in our conscience,” said Rajapaksa.

He went on to say that getting reprimanded has become the norm for the Rajapaksa family, and that despite the setbacks, the decision that was made will remain and the distance will be taken to achieve the final goal.

Additionally, Minister Rajapaksa reiterated that the decision made by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa was for the best interest of the people, and to ensure that people do not consume harmful chemicals.