Boost for local food
The Agriculture Ministry has started several programs to promote
local food. Agriculture Minister Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena said he had
requested farmers to cultivate traditional varieties of paddy under this
The National Food Promotion Board is ready to purchase traditional
varieties of paddy at 60 rupees a kilogram. The Sri Lanka Hadabima
Authority will provide seed paddy to farmers who like to cultivate
traditional varieties of paddy. Farmers who like to cultivate
traditional paddy varieties should be registered at the National Food
Promotion Board, the Minister said.
The Ministry pays attention to promote local food among Sri Lankans
to find solutions to increase health problems such as diabetes,
cholesterol, high blood pressure, malnutrition and kidney diseases.
Minister also requested the people to eat rice for all three meals.