Assured the Minister by 11 Leftist Parties
Party leaders and representatives of an Alliance consisting of 11 Leftist Parties supporting the Government met Agriculture, Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage todayat the Ministry of Agriculture. Secretaries of several Ministries and some experts also joined this occation at which it was discussed measures so far taken to face the critical situation a rising out of the Governments move to ban importation of chemical fertilizer, insecticide and weedicide. Party leaders and representatives were also made aware on the need of producing and distribution of organic fertilizer requirement as well as short term and long term arrangement in this regards. At the discussion leaders and representatives of each party expressed their views and practical issues in the implementation of ban.
Party leaders/ representatives commented the Agriculture Minister for implementing agri village programme and soil testing throughout the country.
Prof:(Mr) Udith K. Jayasinghe, Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture and officials of the Ministry, Dr(Mr) Priyathbandu Wickrama, Secretary of Ministry of Water Supply, Prof. (Mr) Priyantha Yapa, Secretary of the Ministry of Plantation Industries including some officials also participated at the discussion.
Minister Vasudewa Nanayakkara (Democratic Leftist Alliance)
We discussed 03 hours on the organic fertilizer programme and conversion into organic farming for all cultivations ranging from paddy cultivation to plantation crops, on the organic fertilizer requirement and their production distribution programme. Chemical Fertilizer Companies and powerful figures are no doubt standing behind the disrupting this move. We discussed the manner on how to face this challenge. The understanding we got from the Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage and officials of the Ministry will be helpful to build good attitude on the path towards organic farming.
Agriculture Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage
Leftist Party Alliance consisting of 11 political parties supporting the Government expressed their opinion today on the move to ban fertilizer importation and they assured their full support to the government’s future programme towards moving into organic farming who were satisfied with the Government’s arrangements for future programmes in this regards.
Member of Parliament Weerasumana Weerasinghe (Sri Lanka Communist Party)
We are satisfied with the short-term and long term arrangements on promoting organic farming and future programmes thereof. We extended every possible support to this revolutionic move of organic agriculture.
Minister A.L.M Athaulla (National Congress)
We are duty bound to provide the people with safe ford free from Poisonic ingredients. Efforts were taken even during the period of Sirimavo Bandaranaika to bring about this economic challenge. Therefore we are supporting the policy of moving into organic fertilizer use in Agriculture.
State Minister Jayantha Samaraweera (Jathika Nidahas Peramuna)
It is evident that false propeganda compaign is going on against the bold move of the President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa to bring about a revolutionized change in agriculture and plantation crop cultivation. Today we were convinced that government has a well-planned grogramme to implement this move for which we assure our full support.
Member of Parliament Ven. Athuraliya Rathana Thera
We looked into the possibility of implementing decision taken by President. We discussed the issue in detail with the Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage and understood ourselves the possibility of implementing the decision to which we should extend our support.
MP Asanka Navarathna (Sri Lanka Mahajana Party)
We extend our every possible assistance to the Policy of organic fertilizer. We use in agriculture to which care committed to achieve. We are thankful to the Agriculture Minister for mediating to solve fertilizer issue in Yala Season.
MP Gevindu Kumarathunga (Uthukama Jathika Sanvidanaya)
Just like in the same manner we defeated terrorism, this challenge too should be overcome for which we have been fighting over the years and the commitment towards this is highly appreciative.
Plantation Industry Minister Ramesh Pathirana
We are going to submit to the president soon a three year plan of producing organic fertilizer requirement for plantation crop cultivation sector. All arrangements are with us to bring both plantation crop cultivation and minor crop cultivation under this revolutionized change.