Ministry to register rice mill owners
Aug 19, 2010 8:00:00 PM - aussieindolanka.com
All private rice mill owners in the country should register under the Cooperatives and Internal Trade Ministry, Cooperatives and Internal Trade Minister Johnston Fernando said at a media conference held at the Cooperatives Auditorium Kurunegala.
"We decided to register the rice mill owners to avoid an artificial shortage of rice in future in the country. It would be good to have a record of stocks of rice and the rice mills’ capacity to produce," he said.
The registration will demand information about rice stocks at warehouses of rice mills and the amount of rice they have in stocks.
He said some mill owners have the power to hold on to their rice waiting for the price to increase creating artificial shortage of rice, the Minister said.