Innovator Mr. WikumSampathDimbulgastenna has introduced to Agriculture Minister MahindanandaAluthgamage a mobile rice producing machine with a capacity of milling 05 Metric Tons of rice per hour at the Ministry of Agriculture today.
State Minister Mrs. SeetaArambepola, Consultant physicion also joined this occation. The special feature of this machine is that it is useful not only to dry moist paddy but also for boiling of paddy. The machine could be transported in a 40ft long container. Paddy is taken authomatically in to new machine to dry, mill and also for removing sand. The machine could be operated only by two employees as it is electric power operated instrument with automatic divice. At present, a few large scale rice mill owners maintain paddy and rice mafia According to Mr. Dimbulgastenna, the objective of inventing this new machine is to protect both the consumer and the producer from that Rice Mafia. He also expressed his willingness to transfer his patent right to the Ministry of Agriculture.
The Minister instructed the relevant Authorities of the PMB to take action to develop electric power operated machine by increasing the milling capacity and subsequently to distribute one machine each at Agrarian Centre level to face the rice mafia and also to protect both the producer and the consumer. It is also expected that the new equipment will be much helpful to ensure successful implementation of Government’s paddy purchasing programme and its ability to obtain quality rice at the field itself. This is the first time a new equipment of this nature is introduced. According to the Innovator its manufacturing cost is not much high. Therefore the Minister MahindanandaAluthgamage instructed Paddy Marketing Board Chairman Dr. StalMannapperuma to take early action in this regard as it paves the way for,