Government gives another Rs. 3 billion for the purchase of paddy

(LANKAPUVATH | COLOMBO) – Agriculture Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said the government has allocated another three billion rupees for the 2022/23 Maha season paddy procurement program.

Earlier, the government had allocated 10 billion rupees for the purchase of paddy from the farmers and the entire amount was used for the purchases, the minister said.

President Ranil Wickramasinghe had expressed his agreement to provide more funds for the purchase of paddy if necessary, and accordingly, the Minister of Agriculture said that steps were taken to provide another three billion rupees for the purchase of paddy in the Cabinet meeting.

This time, the Cabinet had decided to implement the purchase of paddy in the Maha season not by the Paddy Marketing Board, but by the District Secretaries and Divisional Secretaries.

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