Saturday 14 July 2012
Government farm advisor steps down
Sri Lankan President's Advisor on Agriculture Development Hemakumara Nanayakkara has resigned from his post over some issues in the agrarian sector.
According to local media, the presidential advisor, who has been in the post for one year, has been dissatisfied with government's plans to build a domestic airport in a land that belongs to the Kundasale Agriculture College at Kandy in the Central Province.
However, the Minister of Agriculture Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena has told the parliament yesterday that the government has not decided to take the College's land to build the domestic airport.
Nanayakkara, who is the younger brother of Minister Vasudeva Nanayakkara and known for his outspoken nature, has said that his decision to resign was based on several issues arose in the sector lately, not just the airport issue.
Hemakumara Nanayakkara, who retired from active politics in February 2010, was a former parliamentarian form Galle district and former Deputy Minister of Agriculture.
He contested from the United National Party and later crossed over to the ruling party, United People's Freedom Alliance in 2010.
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