Beer from rice: JO demands cancellation of Gazette

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Joint Opposition MP Bandula Gunawardane said yesterday the finance ministry had issued a Gazette notification on November 9 authorising rice, corn and fruits as raw material for beer production at a time when there was a shortage of rice for consumption in the market.

He told a news conference held at the parliament complex that they condemned the move taken by the government when people had faced difficulties due to the sky rocketing rice prices.

He said this was done to facilitate the distillery owned by Arjun Aloysius in Kalkuda, Batticaloa.

"We ask whether the President and the government approve the decision to use these essential food items as raw materials for beer production. We urge the government to cancel this gazette notification completely as there was a shortage of rice and the prices of rice were escalating. We urge the President to mediate in this regard," he said. (Ajith Siriwardana and Yohan Perera)

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  • ANTON Thursday, 30 November 2017 06:14 AM

    NORTH KOREANS TALK ABOUT LONG RANGE MISSILES..... WE TALK ABOUT BEER.

    DD Thursday, 30 November 2017 09:51 AM

    Yes, there is a reason which you may not be knowing, Beer is the gateway to all the other drugs, including hard drugs.

    Yeti Thursday, 30 November 2017 06:27 AM

    OMG, these guys go digging into shit all the time, nothing is good for them and they have completely forgotten what they did then!

    joshua Thursday, 30 November 2017 07:29 AM

    You and your bandwagon of robbers are a total write-off. JO is hell bent on toppling the government and not worried one bit about the future of the people. You can keep on screaming. The educated people of this country will not vote for you.

    pds Thursday, 30 November 2017 08:09 AM

    You cannot make policy decisions based on shortages we see now. The "sky rocketing prices of rice" is due to the middle men making a good buck. this decision I believe should improve the purchase price to the farmer making farming more viable. The objective of the decision whichever may be...

    Dr. Neil Magedaragamage Thursday, 30 November 2017 11:48 AM

    At high prices for rice prevailing today in the country, no beer maker will use Sri Lankan rice. When rice become cheaper then it may be attractive to beer makers.

    ravi Friday, 01 December 2017 11:24 AM

    Rice from the moon?


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