Sept 11, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena says the attention of the authorities should be drawn to implement an appropriate process to immediately halt the import of the food crops which could cultivate in the country.
He says that various racketeers import locally cultivatable food crops showing consumer reports which show that there is a need for imports.
The President made these remarks during a meeting held with the farming community in Hambantota at the Magampura Ruhuna International Conference Hall, today (10).
The inauguration program of the series of programs to apprise the farming community in the country regarding the national program of cultivation of abandoned paddy fields to achieve the national development goals commenced today under the patronage of the President in Hambantota district.
President Sirisena gave details of broad agricultural programs conducted by the government to uplifting the famer community.
A detailed document on the issues of the farmer community was also presented to the President.
Minister Mahinda Amaraweera, Deputy Minister Lasantha Alagiyawanna, Eastern province Minister of Agriculture U.G.B. Ariyathilake, and other public representatives, the Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture and government officers were present in this event.