Growing discontent over fertiliser subsidy issue: Embilipitya – Ratnapura road blocked

Growing discontent over fertiliser subsidy issue: Embilipitya – Ratnapura road blocked

Growing discontent over fertiliser subsidy issue: Embilipitya – Ratnapura road blocked

Written by Staff Writer

15 Feb, 2016 | 9:07 pm

The Embilipitiya – Ratnapura main road was blocked for a few hours due to a protest which was staged on Monday morning.

The protest was staged opposite the Thimbulketiya Agrarian Services Centre. A group of farmers protested opposite the Thimbulketiya Agrarian Services Centre in Embiliptiya against the failure to provide the fertiliser subsidy – not provided for supplementary crops.

According to our correspondent, the farmers arrived at the centre and requested that the fertiliser subsidy be given. However, since the request was not heeded to, they commenced the protest.

The demonstrators obstructed the Embilipitya – Ratnapura main road, completly hampering vehicular movement. Our correspondent added that only ambulances were granted passage by the protestors.

The group dispersed around 5 p.m.  after two provincial councilors arrived at the location and held a discussion with the protesters.

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