July 16, Colombo: The Paddy Marketing Board (PMB) has purchased 11,642 metric tons (MT) of paddy in the Northern Province under the government certified price at a cost of Rs. 447 million.
A kilo of Samba paddy has been purchased for Rs. 41 and a kilo of Nadu for Rs. 38.
The total quantity purchased from the Kilinochchi District is 3,185 metric tons. The expenditure incurred was Rs. 122 million.
From farmers in Vavuniya district 3,182 metric tons of paddy were purchased at a cost of Rs 122 million, 3,524 MT of paddy has been purchased from Mullaitivu District at Rs 135 million.
From Mannar district 821 MT of paddy has been purchased at a cost of Rs. 33 million while from Jaffna district 930 MT of paddy has been purchased at a cost of Rs. 35 million.
The stock of paddy purchased from the Paddy Marketing Board last month has been stored at 25 government stores.
Paddy purchasing has increased by 97% compared to the past year, Northern Province Manager of the Paddy Marketing Board Shantha Kumara says.