Dec 02, Colombo: Farmers clad in loin clothes gathered in the Sri Lankan capital Colombo today to protest the government's budget for next year.
The All Ceylon Farmers' Federation held a protest rally on Monday (December 2) at Fort in Colombo as a token for the massive protest campaign being organized by farmers' associations in island wide against the 2014 Budget.
Hundreds of farmers clad in black loin clothes and bandanas came from several districts and marched on the streets of Fort distributing leaflets to draw attention to their demands and to create awareness about the issues faced by the farmers in the country.
They accused the government of ignoring their plight and failing to fulfill the promises the government made before the budget.
National Organizer of the Federation, Namal Karunaratne said the protest in Colombo today will be the beginning of a series of protests carried out by farmers against the failure to address their issues in the 2014 Budget.
An alliance of farmers' associations had submitted a set of six proposals to the government to be included in the 2014 Budget that would address the issues faced by the farmers around the country, Karunaratne said.
"However, the government has failed to address these six demands. Thousands of farmers will start taking to the streets in Colombo and the government must stop misleading them," Karunaratne said, adding that the government should at least take steps to address the issues faced by the farmers by introducing amendments to the 2014 Budget.