Sri Lanka President instructs farmers to grow more grains after controlling imports

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s President Gotabaya Rajapaksa had instructed farmers to grow more grains saying imports have been controlled and they can now earn more money.

Speaking in Anuradhapura at an election rally of his party, Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna, President Rajapaksa had called on farmers to increase their production aiming both local and foreign markets to earn more as imports of grains to eat had been restricted.

It is not clear how farmers can compete in foreign markets if they have to be protected from imports by controlling domestic consumers.

The President has asked the farming community to engage themselves in mass cultivation of grains such as Maize, Undu, green bean, cow pea and Kurakkan.

The President who joined the public gathering organized by the former State Minister
Weerakumara Dissanayake had been told by farmers that they can produce grain if they got fertilizer and water in time.

Sri Lanka has been controlling consumers and keeping prices up of rice and other foods high with import duties and licensing for decades despite giving subsidized fertilizer to producers. (Colombo/July04/2020)