Sathosa slashes prices of five food items

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Lanka Sathosa has taken steps to reduce the prices of seven food items including five essential food items from Friday (9), Lanka Sathosa Chairman Pasanda Yapa Abeywardena said.

Accordingly, the price of a kilo of imported white Kekulu rice has been reduced to Rs 185 and price of a kilo of imported white Nadu rice has been reduced to Rs 194. Price of a kilo of imported dhal has been reduced to Rs 429 and the price of a kilo of white sugar has been reduced to Rs 279. Also, the price of a kilo of sprats has been reduced to Rs 1,350.

Additionally, a kilo of garlic has been reduced to Rs 595 and a kilo of watana dhal has been reduced to Rs 315.

Addressing the media on Friday (9), Abeywardena said the Lanka Sathosa is in the process of delivering wheat flour to outlets in Badulla, Kandy and Nuwara Eliya as those areas have been identified with the high consumption of wheat flour and have low-income earning plantation workers. 

Accordingly, the price of a kilo of wheat flour has been reduced to Rs 310.

Abeywardena said, as the chairman he will do everything in his power to provide quality products for cheaper prices. He said the profits earned by Sathosa will always be invested to provide essential food to citizens and will not be used to fulfil personal needs.

He emphasised that Lanka Sathosa can compete with private supermarkets and provide strength to the Government.  

By Aloka Kasturiarachchi