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Tuesday, 14 February 2017 - 7:31
Mill owners request stocks of paddy from the government to reduce prices
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President Maithripala Sirisena is scheduled to hold a discussion with representatives of Marandagahamulla Rice Production Union today.

Currently Marandagahamulla Rice Producers have temporarily suspended releasing stocks of rice to the market.

Rice Production Union Chairman B. K. Ranjith told our news team that as a result of the problematic situation that had cropped up, close to 600 paddy mills have come to a total stand still.

Meanwhile, the All Lanka Small and Medium Scale Paddy Mill Owners’ Union said that the Paddy Marketing Board’s stock of 67,000 metric tonnes of paddy should be distributed to paddy mill owners.

The Union met finance minister Ravi Karunanayake yesterday to discuss the problem with regard to the price of rice.

The All Lanka Small and Medium Scale Paddy Mill Owners’ Union’s convener Nishantha Attanayake made this statement expressing his views to media after meeting with the Minister.

As a result of the controlled price for rice, there are reports of market availability of rice being scarce.

However the Essential Food Item Importers’ and Traders’ union says that Essential Food Item Importers and Traders’ Union media spokesman Hemaka Fernando said that rice stocks were released to vendors at a low price.

Accordingly white kekulu had been released to the market at Rs.65 and nadu at a price between Rs. 65 and 67 and Ponni Samba between Rs. 74 and 75  per kilogramme.

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