There is no truth in rumors that rice is contaminated with Arsenic. President Rajapaksa has given instructions to officials to appraise the people about the truth.
The meeting of the Ministerial Sub Committee on Food Security and Cost of Living Control was chaired by the President at Temple Trees. Director of Paddy Research and Development Nimal Dissanayake said tests have confirmed that there is no truth in the rumors of rice contaminated with Arsenic. It was revealed that this was a ploy by certain elements to prevent the high consumption of rice among the people. Director of the Industrial Technology Institute A.M. Mubharak said the related tests were conducted at his institute using the world’s advanced technology. With regard to tests carried out in relation to 28 pesticides, it was revealed that only two pesticides contained a small amount of Arsenic. Registrar of Pesticides Anura Wijesekera announced that they have already banned the sale, distribution and import of these chemicals.
The meeting of the Ministerial Sub Committee discussed at length price fluctuations of essential food commodities including rice, vegetable and milk foods. There is price stability in paddy and rice. There is also a considerable decline in the price of vegetable. Director of the Action Committee Janaki Kuruppu pointed out that prices of chicken and eggs had further declined. The need to maintain sufficient stocks of essential imported food stocks in the face of world economic downturn was stressed at this meeting. Parliamentarians and officials were among those present.