Minister says no rice shortage foreseen in 2022
Agriculture Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage has assured that there would not be a rice shortage in 2022.
He says certain statements warning about a looming shortage cannot be accepted as 90 to 95 percent of paddy fields in each district have already been cultivated now.
The minister’s remarks came after a statement made by Prof.Udith K.Jayasinghe, the former Secretary to the Agriculture Ministry sparked controversy.
Jayasinghe was subsequently removed as the agriculture secretary and D.M.L.D. Bandaranayake was appointed to the post.
Speaking to the media later, Jayasinghe said he is not aware of a specific reason for his sacking and that he is yet to be notified of the move.
SJB Parliamentarian J.C.Alawathuwala says the subject ministers should be sacked from their posts instead of ministerial secretaries, in order to resolve the prevailing issues.