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President underscores the need for a strategy to preserve vegetables

Apr 27, 2011 11:10:05 AM - itnnews.lk

Vegetable production increases. President Rajapaksa has emphasized the need for a strategy to preserve stocks.

The President laid this emphasis at a meeting of the Ministerial Sub Committee on Food Security and Reduction of Cost of Living. It was held at Temple Trees yesterday. The price trend for last month was discussed in detail. Prices of all varieties of rice were stable, while there was a considerable decline in the prices of vegetables. There was also a decline in the prices of eggs and fish. Although high prices of consumer goods was a normal trend during the National New Year period, it was revealed at this discussion that the initiatives taken by the Government helped maintain price stability of essential consumer items.

Special attention was directed at this meeting to prices of crude oil and milk foods which were on the rise in the world market. Attention was also directed to the prevailing situation in the Fisheries industry and the new trends. Fish production had increased by 4000 metric tons in the first quarter of this month, when compared with the corresponding period last year. Accordingly fish prices had declined. All illegal fishing methods had already been banned.

The support given by the President and Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa in the resolution of the crisis at the Peliyagoda Fish market earned accolades. Ministers Rajitha Senaratne, Johnston Fernando, Nimal Siripala de Silva, Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena, C.B. Ratnayake and Gethanjana Gunawardena, President’s Secretary Lalith Weertunge, Ministry Secretaries and officials of the Ministerial Sub Committee on Food Security and Cost of Living Control attended this meeting.