Seventy thousand metric tons of rice will be issued to the market to meet the existing demand without allowing a shortage.
The paddy purchased by the Paddy Marketing Board, during the past Yala and Maha seasons in Polonnaruwa are now being processed. The PMB sources said that therefore they will be able to issue around 70,000 metric tons of rice to the market during the next few days. The rice is being processed at 106 rice mills in the district. The Paddy Marting Board said that a drop in the price of rice can be expected after the stocks are issued to the market.