Farmers urge President not to allow artificial rice shortages
Posted on July 5th, 2020

Courtesy Adaderana

The farmers in Polonnaruwa made a strong plea to the President not to allow the intermediaries to create an artificial rice shortage. They pointed out that there was a bumper harvest in the previous seasons. 

‘Hence, should not allow the attempts to create a rice shortage to succeed”, the farmers said. 

The farmers made this request to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa when he joined a public gathering held at the Siripura Provincial Council Ground in Polonnaruwa on Sunday (July 5) in support of Sri Lanka Podu Jana Peramuna (SLPP) candidates contesting the upcoming general election.

President Rajapaksa told the farmers that after the government assumed office, it had implemented a systematic strategy for the rehabilitation of deteriorating paddy storage facilities and to ensure an efficient paddy purchasing process. The President further said that the government has planned to act in a manner that would not cause any problem to the paddy farmers. 

Residents of the Polonnaruwa area have also appealed the President to take stern legal actions against those responsible for the Central Bank bond scam. Human-elephant conflict and unemployment are among the biggest problems faced by the people living in the Polonnaruwa District. Residents also requested the President to take swift actions to solve these issues.

SLPP candidates Former State Minister Roshan Ranasinghe, former Deputy Minister Siripala Gamlath and Mr. Jagath Samarawickrema were present on the occasion.

The President also joined the public gathering held at Kalukale in support of SLPP candidate Mr. Jayasinghe Banda.

A set of proposals seeking redress for their problems was handed over to President Rajapaksa by Maha Sangha of the area, when he joined the public gathering held at the Manampitiya Pratibha Hall. Following that, a Seth Pirith chanting was held to invoke blessings on the President. A group of teachers gathered in front of the Pratibha Hall handed over a set of proposals to the President. Former State Minister Roshan Ranasinghe was also present on the occasion.

President Rajapaksa also participated in a public meeting organized by the former Chief Minister, Peshala Jayaratne at Kaduruwela area this afternoon. People gathered at this event requested the President to renovate the tanks in the area. They drew the President’s attention to the issues relating to supply of paddy seeds and fertilizer.

The President who joined the public gathering organized at Galwala Junction in Thambala and engaged in a cordial discussion with the residents of the area and inquired into their well-being. 

A public gathering organized by the former President Maithripala Sirisena was held at Deepa Uyana, Polonnaruwa and President Rajapaksa joined this meeting and had a cordial discussion with the residents of the area.


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