Govt paddy purchasing programme successfully implemented in A’pura District | Daily News


Govt paddy purchasing programme successfully implemented in A’pura District

The SL Army and the civil security personnel extended their fullest cooperation in minimizing the storage shortcomings in the paddy marketing process in Anuradhapura District, said Anuradhapura Government Agent R. M. Wanninayake yesterday.

He emphasized that the government paddy purchasing mechanism is aimed at protecting the farmers from the intermediary paddy-dealers, who are instrumental in exploiting the harvest. He told this addressing the stakeholder parties in the paddy production storage and marketing sphere at a special meeting held recently at the Kachcheri.

The Government Agent said that under the new paddy marketing policy apart from the PMB the small and medium scale millers and cooperative societies are able to purchase paddy.

“It has been regularized to purchase paddy with 14 per cent moisture rate at Rs. 50 per kilogram by the PMB and paddy with higher moisture level and not up to the standards to be bought at Rs. 44 per kg by millers and cooperative societies purchasing centres. These paddy stocks are required to be milled as soon as possible and handed over to Sathosa for marketing.

The government bears the expenditure being incurred for drying, milling and transport to the millers. Also under the new policy paddy up to 5,000 kilo grams is bought at the guaranteed price of Rs. 50 from one farmer Wanninayake further added.

At present the PMB purchasing centers at Rambewa, Yakalla, Thalawa etc. receiving little stocks of paddy and towards the end of February large stocks are expected at PMB stores. The PMB has been instructed to buy as much as paddy at Rs.50/- per kg up to 65,000 metric tons, which is the maximum storage capacity of the PMB in Anuradhapura District. There are 33 PMB purchasing centres and 100 other outlets run by cooperatives and millers in the district being kept opened to buying the stuff Wanninayake further disclosed.

It is interesting to note that in Anuradhapura District during 2019/20 Maha Season 115,000 hectares were cultivated and paddy production expected is around 450,000 metric tons.

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