Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Blind leading the blind for 70 years! Farmers and Policy makers!

It is a truly sad state of affairs that Sri Lanka has STILL not been able to sort out its paddy production / sales/ farmer livelihood/ fertilizer/ and subsidy programs to be in a relative state of equilibrium, without the consumer being at the mercy of extortionists and the farmer being exploited due to ignorance!

I have already suggested a simple process, whereby farmers are able to recoup some income from selling their surplus over and above the 2000kg limit guaranteed by the Govt. whilst at the same time giving work to the medium sized mill owners, and reducing the price of rice sold through Sathosa by at least Rs15 per kg from current prices. Needless to say, the Govt. has not taken this advice given over a month ago, in anticipation of the current crisis then!

I cannot understand, why, the Govt. was unable, with all the resources at their disposal to take cognizance, AND not listen to the same record, I was able to give, and thereby prevent an unnecessary crisis that merely affect the confidence of the people as well as grossly let the farmers and the consumer down, permitting the paddy miller mafia to take advantage of the situation.

It is still not too late to make this correction, but now added to that is the fertilizer fiasco, where a simple system of anticipating the needs of the farmer by area, has yet to be put in place to ensure that the adequate stocks in the Country are properly distributed on an as needed basis. Who is in charge of this forecasting? Donkeys!

I have combed through the press, and I cannot see any urgency on the part of the policymakers to make the needed changes to solve this simple problem, leaving the JVP led farmer organizations the freedom to castigate the incompetence of the administration.

While the link above is an amateurs way of making an explanation, the national policy must first be clear to farmers, and once explained the payment of an amount per acre for each season will be in order, from which the farmer may make whatever decision he wishes for his property, whether to buy organic fertilizer or improve the land by increasing the size of the fields to enable large machines to operate more economically, all of which will go to improve the long term efficiency, and therefore profitability of the farmer.   

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