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President gives instructions “strengthen cultivator while granting relief to consumer”

Feb 2, 2011 10:09:52 AM - itnnews.lk

President Rajapaksa has instructed the Food Security Committee to grant relief to the consumer strengthening the local farmer.

The President highlighted the necessity of a methodology to buy vegetables at a concessionary price giving redress to consumers. The Food Security Committee met at Temple Trees last afternoon under the patronage of the President. No party should incur losses due to vegetable prices. The producer, vendor and consumer should be benefited with a sufficient profit through this mechanism. Submissions were made on prices of essential commodities and vegetables prevailing in the market. Discussions centred on the provision of plastic containers within next month to traders to minimize the damage caused to the produce in the transport of vegetables. Discussions also focused on the provision of essential food to the people at low rates through the CWE Economic Centres.

The subsidized fertilizer given to the farmer should be further streamlined. In this context, the President instructed the officials to solicit views of the cultivators. He also instructed officials to explore the possibility of granting vegetables and other essential food at low prices after discussing with wholesale and retail traders. He told the Coconut Development Minister to provide coconuts to the consumer through the Minister to avert a hike in its price. The President requested the Fisheries Corporation to take necessary initiatives to purchase more stocks from fishermen in the future. Several Ministers were present at this meeting.