President Rajapaksa has told the National Farmers” Conference that freedom was enthroned in the entire country through the operation launched from Mavil Aru for the benefit of the farmers.
The President said that when attempts were made to kill thousands of farmers closing the Mavil Aru Anicut and extents of paddy fields were destroyed, they were compelled to wage the battle to open the Anicut, as proper response was not received to repeated appeals made to open the Anicut. The battle which started to redeem the farmers ended not only in saving them but also liberating the populations in the North and the East and uniting the entire country. The President told the farmers that he believed that they would not forget it. He emphasized that they had a vision for the peasants. Some made attempts to make the farmers the Kings by importing vegetables. Even a Farmer King was crowned during that era. The President said today they have made all farmers the kings. The entire country is now self sufficient in rice. The people have taken to consuming rice. The President said he is proud to announce that this situation now prevails in the country.
The National Farmers Conference was held under the patronage of the President at Temple Trees. The President handed over cultivation kits to farmers symbolizing the One Million Domestic Economic Units National Programme which will uplift the economic and nutritional levels of the family Unit. The President emphasized that various groups were engaged in a baseless propaganda campaign with the purpose of destabilizing the country.
The launch of the Coconut Subsidy programme also took place on this occasion. It is being mooted in parallel to the One Million Home Garden Cultivation Programme. Giving his views on the programme, Minister Basil Rajapaksa said that they have ensured a better price not only for tea, rubber and coconut but also all export crops. Action has been taken to grant the fertilizer subsidy for these cultivations. He emphasized that the Government has taken the initiative of granting the fertilizer subsidy for coconut cultivation on the instructions of the Coconut Development Minister.
Minister Jagath Pushpakumara, Reginald Cooray and S.M. Chandrasena also addressed the Farmers’ Conference. Several Parliamentarians, state officials and around 7000 farmer representatives covering every Province were present.