The Minister of Agriculture Mahinda Amaraweera called for the expansion of the National Food Promotion Board (NFPB) to ensure fair prices for local farmers and provide subsidised prices to consumers.
While noting that several shops belonging to the NFPB have been inactive in the past, he advised that all such outlets should be opened immediately together with new ones.
He added that three more outlets are to be opened in the Ministry of Finance, Colombo Oval view Residency premises and the Ministry of Agriculture premises within the next three months.
Amaraweera said attention should also be paid to food items sold by NFPB stores with small profits and provide some kind of relief to consumers, adding thereby that the chain of stores should be further expanded. He added that more chains should be opened outside Colombo.