The Government has taken a decision to purchase soya bean. The Paddy Marketing Board has drawn up a streamlined programme in this respect.
A bumper harvest of soya bean is being received from the Mahaweli H. Zone as well as from Kalawewa, Dambulla and Kekirawa, during this Yala season. Soya bean was cultivated with the agreement of two private companies. However, these companies purchase only a limited amount. Farmers are facing undue hardships as they are unable to sell their yield. As a solution, the Government has crafted a programme to purchase soya bean. Accordingly, the Paddy Marketing Board is purchasing soya bean at a guaranteed price of 85 rupees per kilo. A Centre has been opened at Senapura in the Mahaweli H Zone to purchase soya beans. The opening took place under the auspices of Deputy Minister S.M .Chandrasena.