Lanka is self-sufficient in maize
Wheat flour consumption drops by 55 percent:
Master Divers Chief says ‘Stop imports’:
Sri Lanka is self-sufficient in maize production. Therefore, the
importation of maize can be stopped totally from now, Chairman Master
Divers Ariyaseela Wickramanayake told Daily News Business.
He said that maize is not one of our traditional food items but still
Sri Lanka has been able to grow maize and become self-sufficient within
The total production had been used to produce Thriposha and animal
This is a great achievement for the country as the belief earlier was
that Sri Lanka cannot produce maize.
He said that Sri Lanka imported 250,000 tons of maize for so many
years up to 2007, and it was because the government imposed a tax that
people started growing maize.
Similarly, Sri Lanka could be self-sufficient in sugar, fisheries
products and milk products which would solve half the unemployment and
foreign exchange problems in the country, he said.
Once the agricultural products start coming from the north and east
areas things will improve much more and it is a matter of changing the
attitude of people to be “Yes we can” like US President Barack Obama, he
Wickramanayake said that wheat flour consumption in Sri Lanka has
dropped by 55 percent.
The total consumption of wheat flour last year was thirteen hundred
thousand tons and it dropped to only three hundred thousand tons as a
result of people consuming more rice with the increase of rice
production. He said that Sri Lanka has the technology to use rice flour
instead of wheat flour to make bakery products in the future saving a
huge amount of foreign exchange while providing a large number of
With regard to milk products, he said there are 1.5 million cows in
the country but we collect milk only from two hundred thousand cows.
We don’t need to use imported milk powder containing palm oil if we
use our resources fully, he said.