PMB issues circular on paddy purchasing

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The Paddy Marketing Board (PMB) issued a Circular with regard to the purchase of paddy in accordance to the instructions of the Minister of Agriculture, Mahinda Amaraweera to address issues faced by farmers.

The Circular was issued to all seven regional managers. There are seven regional offices under the PMB and with 310 paddy warehouses under its purview. The relevant Circular has also instructed to prepare all equipment associated to purchase of paddy, including moisture measuring equipment and weighing equipment.

Arrangements have also been made to display banners related to buying paddy in front of all warehouses and regional offices.

PMB’s Chairman said that at present, harvesting paddy for the Yala season has been completed in most districts and has commenced in several other districts, noting that with harvesting commencing in the remaining areas, necessary arrangements have been made to start buying paddy from those farmers as well.

 The PMB has made arrangements to purchase Nadu Paddy at a minimum price of Rs 120 per kg, Rs 125 rupees per kg of Samba paddy and Rs 130 per kg of Keeri samba paddy while farmers are also permitted to sell at a higher price if required.

(FT)