Giving money instead of the fertilizer subsidy is an inevitable destruction for the farmer community as those addicted to liquor spend the money to get drunk and it has come to a situation that women have to pawn their jewellery buy fertilizer say farmers’ representatives. They requested the Minister of Finance Ravi Karunanayaka yesterday (7th) to issue fertilizer from Agrarian Service Offices instead of distributing money.
However, the Minister said money instead of fertilizer was made available to farmers knowing well they would spend the money for liquor.
When a woman asked the Minister when would the day dawn when their children could get suitable employment, the Minister said when they took over the government the economy was at a standstill and it would take years to take the economy on the correct path. He said the situation that existed for several years could not be changed within a year.