Paddy purchasing from threshing floor begins

 The government will purchase paddy directly from the threshing floor from this week onwards, Information and Communication Technology State Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena said.

The State Minister said that the purchasing from the 2019/20 Maha paddy harvest is now on and the Paddy Marketing Board (PMB) has already purchased 8,474 metric tonnes spending Rs. 423.7million.

The PMB has purchased 1462.8 metric tonnes from Mullaitvu, 921.6 metric tonnes from Killinochchi, 26.6 metric tonnes from Gampaha, 210.5 metric tonnes from Kurunegala, 190.6 metric tonnes from Puttlam, 25 metric tonnes from Jaffna,

384.9 metric tonnes from Anuradhapura, 652.8 metric tonnes from Vavuniya, 895.2 metric tonnes from Mannar, 1524.1 metric tonnes from Ampara, 2058.5 metric tonnes from Batticaloa, 69.6 metric tonnes from Trincomalee, 17.7 metric tonnes from Polonnaruwa, 1 metric tonne from Hambantota, 29.6 metric tonnes from Moneragala and 3.8 metric tonnes from Rathnapura.

State Minister Abeywardane told the media that a proper mechanism is in place to purchase the Maha paddy harvest on the instructions of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

The Government, in line with the President’s Vision of Prosperity policy, has already commenced purchasing paddy at a minimum guaranteed price of Rs. 50 per kilogramme under the Government’s programme to purchase the paddy harvest of the Maha season 2019/2020.

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