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Post by Future123 on Sat Feb 27, 2016 11:12 pm

Many talk about CEPA and ETCA but not many talk about the worsening farmers situation. For me farmers should get the red carpet treatment since because of them we keep our hand on the food. Clearly all farmers are having a very hard survival under Yahapalanya regime. The government made false promises about the tea and rubber subsidies. The minimum price to purchase the paddy at Rs. 40 also a mere election promise. There are several uproars by farmers these days in many districts.

Last week there was a massive protest in Polanaruwa and farmers complain that they are compelled to sell the rice harvest at Rs. 18 a kilo and they are at a massive loss. Further, the subsidized fertilizers also been stopped and farmers have to pay huge sum to buy them outside. They complain there is a huge mafia controlling the paddy prices from Polanaruwa and buy them at 18/- and sell it at 80/=. You know who is this mafia  Laughing  Laughing  Laughing  Laughing  Laughing  Laughing  Laughing  Laughing

http://www.srilankamirror.com/news/item/9041-protesting-farmers-demand-subsidised-fertilizer-pics

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Post by Future123 on Sun Feb 28, 2016 3:34 pm

President, Premier, Finance Minister to hold crisis talks tomorrow over fertilizer issue

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Government leaders, including President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake, will hold a crisis meeting tomorrow to find an urgent solution to the fertilizer issue, Agriculture Minister Duminda Dissanayake said.

He said his ministry arranged the meeting as farmers from several parts of the country were complaining about a fertilizer shortage. The minister said the shortage was artificially created by traders who had hoarded stocks, expecting a price increase.
“These traders make farmers pay more for subsidised fertilizer,” he said.

The minister urged farmers to inform the ministry and Consumer Affairs Authority if any trader was hoarding fertilizer stocks and warned that tough action would be taken against the offenders.Meanwhile paddy and vegetable farmers said they were badly affected by the shortage of fertilizer and the Government’s policy decision to stop subsidising fertilizer.

Vegetable farmer W. Rupasinghe said many famers had to share or borrow fertilizer to cultivate their crops. He accused the Government of resorting to various ruses to force the farmers to give up cultivation and sell their land to companies.

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Post by yellow knife on Mon Feb 29, 2016 7:48 am

Again and again I have written on this...

A country should first subsidize and protect its farmers..

2008 There was a food crisis.. Thanx to efforts done to create bio-fuel out of edible grains, there was a food shortage.. If you look at the map below you  can see that all rice exporting nations prohibited exporting rice.. Luckily our government then offered fertilizer subsidy and was promotion farmers..So we did not go hungry.. if not even if SL had enough money it could not have purchased the staple food..

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Agricultural sectors contribution is very low in Japan..Yet farmers get subsidies..From 2013 Japan is revising this stance yet up to that they were seriously giving subsidies..

Following is quoted from Wikipedai

An agricultural subsidy is a governmental subsidy paid to farmers and agribusinesses to supplement their income, manage the supply of agricultural commodities, and influence the cost and supply of such commodities. Examples of such commodities include; wheat, feed grains (grain used as fodder, such as maize or corn, sorghum, barley, and oats), cotton, milk, rice, peanuts, sugar, tobacco, oilseeds such as soybeans, and meat products such as beef, pork, and lamb and mutton. Such subsidies are extremely controversial, both because of their complex effects and because of their political origins, which involve heavy lobbying from groups representing the interests of agribusines

OECD countries do subsidize agricultural sector...They who preach us to cut down subsidies enjoy the same at its best...

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agricultural_subsidy

China signed WTO in 2001 and one condition imposed on China was to remove agricultural subsidy.. China , by that time was able to sign the agreement without a qualm as they already steady in agribusiness...

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Sri Lanka need not to have Agri-subsidies forever yet its better to maintain that for another 150 years ahead.. We have to be long term thinkers and to think generations ahead...

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Post by guruji on Mon Feb 29, 2016 9:53 am

Better you open this thread,,
Worsening farmers situation and we need to look at this hybrid seeds mafia,
Where is our seeds,,,,now farmers cultivate hybrid seeds genetically modified ,what would be end result ,,,in next few generations or in20 years cancer and other noncommunicable gene related diseases,
I wanted to buy water melon so i stopped,,at roadside,,ask seller where its from he said rajanganaya,,,but seeds are malasian,,,not our old day seeds,,,
He said about pumking we had earlir days at our childhood,,all that vanished,
Who s responsible agri department.,governments,,nobody all are blind,
Rates of gene related non communicabe diseas going on,
Voice now if not think about it

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Post by yellow knife on Mon Feb 29, 2016 10:05 am

Guruji... you have given an good message ... Not only seeds think about our Batu harak, the type of cows that match the soil,, may not be giving best yeilds yet less diseases,,, We have to protect the original form of flora and fauna

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Post by guruji on Mon Feb 29, 2016 10:08 am

Who is going to do it our professionals,,,,ealier president and rathana thero voiced now nobody seems,,,

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Post by yellow knife on Mon Feb 29, 2016 10:16 am

Well its time to take duties away from Politicians and do our best...First step is educating people.. even in that educate the very few who are ready to understand

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Post by කිත්සිරි ද සිල්වා on Mon Feb 29, 2016 10:19 am

Environment decides what is best and try to meddle with the natural selection is disastrous. Very Happy

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Post by Hawk Eye on Mon Feb 29, 2016 10:58 am

if we try to protect the public mass with low rice price, then farmer gets affected. If we try to protect farmers with guaranteed price then the public mass affected.

One or the other will strike anyway
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Post by guruji on Mon Feb 29, 2016 11:03 am

Thats where u need to store,,export comes,,,policy planners dont even think

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Post by කිත්සිරි ද සිල්වා on Mon Feb 29, 2016 11:06 am

When Dr Gamini Corea suggested silos, he was laughed at by many educated ones then.
guruji wrote:Thats  where  u  need  to  store,,export  comes,,,policy  planners  dont  even  think

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Post by poor boy on Mon Feb 29, 2016 11:12 am

the rice varieties that we grow are not suitable for export market. for export market suitable rice is long grain type such as basmathi . and processing to suit export market also very important. if we grow long grain type this kind of situation will not arise.

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Post by Rana on Mon Feb 29, 2016 11:18 am

රතු කැකුළු රතු සම්බා විතරක් නොවේ ඔන්න දැන් රතු බාස්මති හාල් තියෙනවා වෙළඳ පොලේ.
poor boy wrote:the rice varieties that we grow are not suitable for export market. for export market suitable rice is long grain type such as basmathi . and processing to suit export market also very important. if we grow long grain type this kind of situation will not arise.

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Post by Hawk Eye on Mon Feb 29, 2016 11:23 am

1. We are not producing the rice what world market needs, our export market is a small segment.. Diaspora.( Dont confine this to Tamil Diaspora, this is all the Sri Lankans living abroad). So rice production works within a local system.

2.After the war North East cultivation has increased exceeding self sufficient levels. Now the Paddy Marketing Board has excess rice. How to dispose it at what price?

3.If we try a different variety targeting export market. the price wont be competitive. We are not mass scale producers to achieve low cost to compete in world market. And most of the large scale agri machinaries produced by India ,japan, US does not fit in our small land scale or wet land.

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Post by Hawk Eye on Mon Feb 29, 2016 12:36 pm

Our sticky rice is high in starch and good for Brewing " Rice Whisky"

why dont our Distil Companies try something to Spend some money in Research for a Value added product out of rice

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Post by කිත්සිරි ද සිල්වා on Mon Feb 29, 2016 2:56 pm

India's government has unveiled a budget aimed at boosting farm growth and appealing to the rural poor.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said he planned to double the income of struggling farmers in the next five years.

Having overtaken China as the world's fastest-growing economy, India is seen as a bright spot in the global economy.

But it has been hit by slowing global demand and severe droughts affecting rural areas.

"We are grateful to our farmers for being the backbone of the country's food security," Mr Jaitley said of India's estimated 120 million farmers.

"We need... to give back to our farmers a sense of income security."

He said the government had allocated $12.7bn (£9.15bn) for "rural development as a whole".


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Post by yellow knife on Mon Feb 29, 2016 3:18 pm

Opps... How lucky Indians are... ? They have a Prime-Minister and a Finance Minister ?

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Post by HUNTER on Mon Feb 29, 2016 9:59 pm

yellow knife wrote:Opps... How lucky Indians are... ? They have a Prime-Minister and a Finance Minister ?

Wrong! they have two each.
One in India and one in ...
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Post by blacknights on Tue Mar 01, 2016 12:40 am

HUNTER wrote:
yellow knife wrote:Opps... How lucky Indians are... ? They have a Prime-Minister and a Finance Minister ?

Wrong! they have two each.
One in India and one in ...


Oh wow Hunter, this must b the "quote of the day". Haha Razz
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Post by nihal123 on Tue Mar 01, 2016 9:22 pm

Thanks chuti

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Post by Ukboy on Tue Mar 01, 2016 11:18 pm

Hawk Eye wrote:Our sticky rice is high in starch and good for Brewing " Rice Whisky"

why dont our Distil Companies try something to Spend some money in Research for a Value added product out of rice

I also wonder why no one teally want do these kind of things? We should make whiskey beer from rice.

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