Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa said there was a surplus of rice and vegetables in the country now and steps would be taken to export them to gross an additional income.
He said this came as a result of agricultural development programmes implemented by the government. He said the government took several measures to use these excess food items for food processing programmes and also to foreign markets.
He also pointed out that the reason for excess food production was due to home gardening process by the public. The minister requested vegetable exporters to take necessary measures to export such excess vegetables.