Sunday, May 7, 2017

Farmers take to the streets demanding funds for fertilizer

An agitation was held at Medirigiriya yesterday (5th) protesting against the failure of the government to pay the ertilizer relief despite 40 days have gone by since the commencement of the paddy cultivation season.
The farmer community engaged in the protest campaign as cultivation compensation was not received for the previous season in which cultivation was not possible due to non availability of water, delaying cultivation this season due to not releasing water in time and not receiving funds given in place of the fertilizer subsidy.
The protest campaign commenced from the center of the Medirigiriya paddy lands and protestors came in a demonstration to the main road and engaged in an agitation. The campaign was concluded when a Director of Agriculture, who arrived at the site, promised to make available money for fertilizer from today.
The campaign was organized by the All Ceylon Farmers’ Federation and its National Organizer Namal Karunaratna and its General Secretary T.B. Sarath were present.