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Immediate solutions to the paddy purchasing issue

Jul 2, 2010 10:38:41 AM - itnnews.lk

Immediate solutions are being found to problems related to paddy purchasing. The Government is ready to purchase 250 thousand metric tons of paddy with effect from today.

Agricultural Secretary K.E.Karunaratne said the President instructed to formulate a programme to undertake paddy purchases. Accorodingly, a special discussion was held under the patronage of Finance Secretary Dr. P.B. Jayasundera It was agreed at this meeting that the Paddy Marketing Board should immediately undertake to purchase and stock 250 thousand metric tons.

He opined that necessary arrangements have already been finalized to purchase paddy through the Government Agents from the Mullaitivu, Kilinochchi, Ampara and Batticaloa Districts. As such no farmer should be disturbed that they would be unable to sell their stocks and not believe in rumours. He added that the Paddy Marketing Board has made arrangements to undertake purchases with immediate effect.