Sept 14, Colombo: The Minister of Agriculture Mahindananda Aluthgamage said that a decision was taken at the Cabinet meeting yesterday (13) for the government to purchase a kilo of Nadu paddy for Rs. 55 from the farmers.
The decision has been taken following a request made by the farmers to the government to increase the purchase price of paddy after the the gazetting of a control price for rice.
Accordingly, the Paddy Marketing Board has been instructed to go to the fields and purchase Nadu paddy at Rs. 55 per kilo from today (14), the Minister said.
Earlier a kilo of Nadu paddy was bought by the Paddy Marketing Board for Rs. 50.