Written by Staff Writer
16 Nov, 2013 | 4:12 pm
The agrarian community requests the Government to include measures in the budget that will control price increase of agrarian equipment. Despite fertiliser being given for a concessionary rate, they point out that the prices of agrarian equipment have rapidly increased.
The government had taken measures to provide fertiliser to farmers for a concessionary rate of Rs.350 for a period of eight years.
However, the farmers lament that despite the fertiliser being given at a concessionary rate, the rate to prepare land, equipment charges as well as the prices of pesticides have seen a rapid increase.
The farmers also face the long-standing problem of the inability to obtain seeds with proper standards.
All Ceylon Farmers Federation, member Namala Karunaratne said; “all the”farmers who are eligible of receiving the farmers pension has not been granted a cent since 2012. We request that farmers’ pension be granted via this budget, with the arrears. We have made a written request in this regard.”
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