Paddy Marketing Board purchases 182,560 tonnes of paddy
The Paddy Marketing Board (PMB) has purchased 182,560 tonnes of paddy
from farmers islandwide during the 2010 Yala season and the 2009/10 Maha
A PMB spokesman said that 111,789 tonnes of paddy has been purchased
by the PMB during the 2010 Yala season recording a 6.69 percent increase
compared to the paddy purchasing in 2009/2010 Maha season. He said that
70,771 tonnes of paddy has been bought by the PMB which is a 2.69
percentage of the 2009/2010 Maha season production.
The minimum selling price of paddy is fix by the PMB from season to
season considering various reasons including the country's total paddy
production and farmers cost which is always decided for the benefit of
He said once the government fixes the certified price for paddy
purchasing, the private sector always increases its paddy purchasing
rates above the state price.
Hence the ultimate benefit passes to farmers as they receive best
prices for their paddy.
Measures have been taken to appoint officers to purchase paddy at
fixed prices from farmers islandwide while expanding paddy purchasing
centers across the country.
The country including the North and East has experienced the bumper
paddy harvest last year due to many incentive programmes introduced by
the government to encourage paddy farming.
Many paddy fields in the North and East have been harvested newly for
last Yala and Maha seasons, he revealed.
'A subsidized bag of fertilizer for Rs 350 and loan schemes to grow
more, were some of the incentives provided to farmers,' he said.