Aug 09, Colombo: The Mahailluppallama Seed Farm has not been given to any foreign company and no plans to transfer 300 acres from the Seed Farm to a foreign company for 50 years, the Minister of Agriculture Duminda Dissanayake assured the parliament today.
The Minister made these comments responding to a question raised under the Standing Orders 23 (2).
The Minister stressed that no foreign company has received approval to produce seed paddy, which is a matter related to vegetable seeds.
He said that there is no excess seeds and all hybrid vegetable seeds are imported. The Minister added that the government spends Rs. 1.4 billion to import the hybrid seeds.
"We are trying to produce hybrid seeds with our farmers within the country to save the money," the Minister said requesting the opposition not to politicize the issues raised.
The Marxist party Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) has accused the government of trying to sell Mahailluppallama seed farm to a Bangladeshi company.
Sri Lanka's Department of Agriculture will cooperate with the Lal Teer Seed Limited of Bangladesh to implement a joint project to increase the vegetable seed production in the country.