To prevent high cost, government decides to import rice and coconut

(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) –To prevent price increase of essential food items and maintain the fair level of Cost of Living, the Cabinet of Ministers has decided to import rice and coconut to supply local consumers on reasonable prices.

On proposal made by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, the Cabinet also decided to permit license given to the private sector to import rice apart from Cooperative Wholesale Establishment (CWE – Sathosa), Co-Cabinet Spokesman, Minister Gayantha Karunatilake told at the Weekly Cabinet Press Briefing held this morning at Department of the Government Information.

Commenting on the government’s decision, Co-Cabinet Spokesman, Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara said that this will be a benefit to common consumer since they have spent 60 per cent of their daily expenditure for these two essential food items.

In addition to this decision, Cabinet decided to appoint a Committee of Officials to give proposals on granting further concessions for farmers whose cultivations have been destroyed due to bad weather conditions.

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