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No farmer abandoned paddy cultivation – Minister

by Gayan Abeykoon
April 3, 2024 1:08 am 0 comment
Agriculture and Plantation Industries Minister Mahinda Amaraweera at the rice collection event held at the Lunama Agrarian Service Centre on Monday (1).

So-called farmer representatives of certain political parties who claim to be farmers’ representatives are making great efforts to remove the farmers from paddy cultivation in this country. But till now, they have not been able to remove even one farmer from paddy cultivation, said the Agriculture and Plantation Industries Minister Mahinda Amaraweera.

The Minister expressed these views while addressing a ceremony held at the Lunama Agrarian Service Centre on Monday (1).

The collection of rice in Hambantota district under the district level rice collection programme for the 57th New Rice Festival 2024 which will be held in honour of Anuradhapura Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi on April 6 took place on Monday at Lunama Agrarian Service Centre.

The Minister also said: “We have now achieved the main goal of our country. That is to produce the rice we need in our own country. In 2022, the Government had to import eight lakhs metric tonnes of rice at a cost of US$ 300 million.

“But in the year 2023, we were able to produce the entire amount of rice we needed. The whole of last year, the people ate the rice produced by our farmers. And this year too, there is rice in our country that people need to eat. There will be no shortage of rice again. Therefore, there is no need to import even a grain of rice.

“We were able to achieve this victory especially with the Government’s move to provide chemical fertilizers once again. Also, the farmers who were protesting in 2021 went down to the fields again. As a result, today we have the ability to be self-sufficient in rice. Everyone in this country should express gratitude to our entire farming population.

The new rice festival 2024 will be held on the 6th of this month in the presence of Anuradhapura Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi. Also, by performing this noble ritual, we wish that the planting activities of the Yala Season, as well as the entire crops including paddy in this year Maha Season, will be self-sufficient in paddy”.

 

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