Rice shortage overcome

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By 2017-02-17

By P. Samarasekera

Secretary of the Ministry of Consumer Affairs C.S. Lokuhetti said that following intervention by President Maithripala Sirisena the country's rice shortage was resolved by last afternoon.

He said that imported rice stocks were distributed through the Sathosa and Lak Sathosa outlets, while the work had been sped up having used 20 additional lorries.

He said by yesterday three commercial ships carrying 73,000 metric tons of rice had reached the Colombo Port.

Lokuhetti stated that the unloading of rice, which had been imported from......Myanmar, Pakistan and India, was continuing nonstop while the stocks were currently being released to consumer markets through Sathosa outlets.

He said overall sale of rice in most Sathosa outlets had gone up by eight fold due to the massive demand by the public.

The Ministry Secretary added that sufficient stocks had also been released to supermarket chains as well, in order to cope with the rising demand.

He stated that the rice stocks brought from overseas would be suffice for three months and promised to ensure that there will not be any shortage of the country's staple food item.

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