SJB MPs protest in Parliament in support of farmers demanding fertilizer

SJB MPs protest in Parliament in support of farmers demanding fertilizer

SJB MPs protest in Parliament in support of farmers demanding fertilizer

Written by Zulfick Farzan

22 Oct, 2021 | 12:14 pm

COLOMBO (News 1st); Parliamentarians representing the Samagi Jana Balavegaya protested in parliament on Friday (22), holding a series of placards in support of farmers.

The MPs demanded that the government immediately intervene to solve the fertilizer issue faced by farmers.

For months, Farmers across many areas in Sri Lanka have been protesting against the shortage of fertilizer in the country.

The ban on chemical fertilisers — widely used in the tea and rice industries — was opposed by farmers who staged protests after reporting failing vegetable crops as existing stocks began to run out within weeks.

The promulgated regulation restricting and banning the import of fertilizers and agrochemicals is leading to widespread concern among Sri Lanka’s farmer community, industry associations, practitioners, and agricultural professionals.

The Sri Lankan Government has also decided only to use organic fertilizer in the country and plans on importing organic fertilizer from overseas.

 

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