Paddy purchasing drive is successfully implementing throughout the island, mainly in six districts – Anuradhapura, Batticaloa, Ampara, Polonnaruwa, Hambantota and Kurunegala. Agriculture Minister MahindanandaAluthgamage joined the observation tour of inspecting paddy purchasing in kilinochchi area where people have been contributing highly towards the field level paddy purchasing. Assistant Manager, Odisuddan and Kilinochchi stated that target of purchasing 10000 MT of Paddy within the district of Kilinochchi could easily be achieved although it doesn’t comes within the main paddy purchasing districts. Accordingly, paddy purchasing drive of targeting 200,000miillion MT has been a resounding success.
Government’s target is to maintain a buffer stoks of paddy totaling 300,000 MT whereby protecting both the farmers paddy and rice mafia. We are happy that the people in the North and East have shown great interest in the sale of paddy to the Government. They consider it a blessing, as their living condition has been improved due to the Government’s decision to purchase paddy. Farmers who came with their paddy yield told the Minister that they decided to sell paddy to the Paddy Marketing Board as Government is playing a positive role to uplift their living condition.
Paddy Marketing Board Officials stated that farmers not only in the Northern Province but those living in other districts too are fully co-operated with the Government paddy purchasing Drive. Paddy store complexes in Kilinochchi and Odidusuddan have already purchased paddy up to their full capacity
The Minister MahindanandaAluthgamage visited Kilinochchi regional office of the Paddy Marketing Board and observed on going paddy purchasing there. A total of 366 officers are involved only in the paddy purchasing drive in 6 main districts. They have been instructed to visit fields and came out on the spot purchasing. The same procedure is followed in other districts too including those in the Northern Province.