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* Sri Lanka Government's paddy purchasing program successful
Mon, Mar 22, 2010, 09:26 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 22, Colombo: Sri Lankan government's paddy purchasing programme is being carried out successfully, Minister for Agricultural Development and Agrarian Services Development Maithripala Sirisena has said.

Paddy Marketing Board (PMB) centers across the country are buying the paddy from the farmers and they can directly handover the harvest to the storage complexes.

The government pays 30 rupees for a kilo of Samba variety while Nadu variety is purchased at 28 rupees per kilo.

The Minister requested the farmers to sell their harvest to the PMB and not to sell the paddy to the private sector at a lower rate as the government has offered the highest price for their crop.

According to Minister Sirisena a paddy purchasing representative has been appointed for each village to purchase the paddy and transport it to the storage complexes. The representative is being paid a special commission and transport costs. If a paddy purchasing representative has not been appointed for a certain village, anybody from the village is free to offer his services, the Minister added.

Over 150,000 acres have been cultivated with paddy in the Polonnaruwa district. The government has set up 20 paddy purchasing canters in the Polonnaruwa district alone. More than 200 marketing representatives have been appointed. Under these conditions the farmers have no need to sell their paddy to the private sector, the Minister pointed out.

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