Paddy purchasing through Cooperative Societies will begin from Monday.
Purchases within the Polonnaruwa district are at present being undertaken through the Paddy Marketing Board. The Trade Ministry has decided to solicit the involvement of Cooperative Societies in this process following the high response received from the cultivators. Accordingly, Polonnaruwa District Secretary Nimal Abeysiri said that purchases from Monday within the district will be undertaken at another 101 centres. There are sufficient storage facilities for the purchase of 20 thousand 425 metric tons through Cooperative Societies. The District Secretary emphasized that they are prepared to extend all necessary facilities for the Cooperatives to undertake purchases.