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Soaring veggie prices and scarcity due to rains, not due to organic farming push: SLPP

Responding to the ongoing scarcity and soaring prices of vegetables in the country, the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna stated that this situation was due to unexpected rains and not due to the Government’s push towards organic farming.

“Some factions are trying to create the impression that this happened because of the transition to organic farming. Usually, large stocks of vegetables are not produced in Nuwara Eliya in November or December. During this period, vegetables are usually brought from the Puttalam District. Something unexpected happened in the Puttalam District, all cultivation was destroyed due to heavy rain. Therefore, if anyone is trying to say that this was the result of the Government’s decision, they are trying to take political advantage,” SLPP Administrative Secretary Renuka Perera said yesterday (24).

He also said that the Agriculture Ministry stated that fertiliser was distributed continuously until the 1st of October around the country, thereby ruling out that the price hikes were caused due to lack of fertiliser.

“A person with knowledge on this matter will not accuse the Government,” Perera concluded.