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Thursday, 28 September 2017 - 8:45
Sri Lanka to import rice to stabilize prices
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The Government has decided to import 500,000 metric tonnes of rice within the next several months.

Plans are in place to sell rice, onions, and potatoes to consumers through the Sathosa outlets from today at prices lower than the prevalent prices.

The decisions were made yesterday (27) at a special discussion held at the Presidential Secretariat with President Maithripala Sirisena at the chair.

Meanwhile,   the Coconut Marketing Board has initiated a programme to sell coconuts directly to consumers to assist with price control, as prices have gone up excessively.

The President instructed that a committee consisting of officials from the Ministry of Trade and Ministry of Agriculture should meet on a weekly basis to discuss variables relating to the sale of essential food items.

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