Govt to import 50,000 MT of rice – PM

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The Government has decided to import 50,000 MT of rice, under the Indian loan assistance scheme, in order to avert a possible rice shortage in the future and to curb the abnormal rise in rice prices, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said yesterday (16).

It was decided at a discussion held at the Prime Minister’s Office, yesterday (16) to allocate the necessary funds to the State Trading Corporation, for this purpose, under the Indian loan assistance scheme.

Minister of Trade, Commerce and Food Security, Nalin Fernando, MP Nimal Lanza, Sagala Ratnayake, Secretary to the Prime Minister, Saman Ekanayake and several public and private sector officials were present at the discussion held at the Prime Minister’s Office.