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Govt. to export surplus rice, vegetables

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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. 


 
 

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-21+157 # steven 2012-04-29 13:07
really???
why are we importing rice then??
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-125+39 # Don 2012-04-29 13:36
importing rice because people like you need Basmati .
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-12+90 # Nodrog 2012-04-29 19:57
Its a free country Don so we can eat what we like! Don't you have anything foreign in your home?
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-14+113 # Bavana John 2012-04-29 13:59
May be Minister is confiused of export & import. Dont worry after some time it will be ok.
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-18+172 # mudasser 2012-04-29 13:38
come on men! if there is surplus in the country give to the poor at a lower cost without bullshitting for lies...
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-65+39 # Dinithi 2012-04-29 15:26
But if the government can earn more money from exporting that is a source of foreign exchange. That will fetch a higher price for poor farmers as well.
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-15+86 # Laxana 2012-04-29 15:36
True enough. If the government cannot give for free why not reduce the prices of rice and vegetables so that the lower income people would benefit.
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-8+64 # Sunil Ataha 2012-04-29 14:08
PAN PALYAN LABANSUMANE OHE PLALAYAN MAGE PARANE!!!!!!!!! !!!!!Hi..Hi....Hi......Is the Hon. Minister having a dream? Hope this not a dream he saw. Jay wewa!!!!!!!!!!!
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-110+18 # Jawfer 2012-04-29 14:14
You are a sensible minister out all cabinet colleague.
good move keep it up.
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-9+91 # Gona 2012-04-29 15:58
How sensible are you to make such a foolish comment?
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-3+54 # A Concerned Citizen 2012-04-29 16:55
Does this not show the quality of (forward) planning in the country? Is the government responsible for this state? Why do people have to wait till there is a surplus (if it is true) to think of what to do? Without forward planning are you not going to sell these perishable stuff dirt cheap? Then, won't it be better to sell cheap to the locals to reduce wheat consumption?
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-2+28 # citizen1 2012-04-30 07:20
Sensible is the last word that should be used to describe any person belonging to the cabinet.
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-5+77 # Imran Hussein 2012-04-29 14:33
When are we going to start that loan scheme to europe. There are some super jokers in the cabinet not only mafiasos.
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-4+67 # weha 2012-04-29 14:42
Leave the grass for us
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-6+48 # Mahajanaya 2012-04-29 14:52
Basil I’ll make you seal, Don’t be child there is no enough vegi. and rice in the country to our people. We also beg from other country. Export, Export, Export once you do this who will get benefit.
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-4+77 # dev 2012-04-29 15:21
PA supporters will accept anything MR group of company says.
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-4+55 # Labby 2012-04-29 15:26
We once had a prime minister who gave rice to his citizens free. The present administration, however, cannot give it even at cost.
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-2+64 # Renu 2012-04-29 15:33
Mr. Minister don't export Rice we need it as Bread is not affordable now Rs: 60/- per 400g
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-2+39 # Patta Pal 2012-04-29 16:21
It should have been part of the Divi Neguma program. Now it is too late as there is nothing that is currently being produced of export quality. It is typical of the media myth created by this government that just does not seem to know how to plan and manage the economy well.
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-7+54 # Musthafa 2012-04-29 16:44
Good action to get 10% commission from each export- Minister keep it up!!
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-1+20 # jacoob 2012-04-30 08:38
when did he come down from 25%
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-1+14 # puran 2012-04-30 08:56
Could not have said it better mysef.z

10%. You hit the nail right on the head?
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-2+42 # Real peace 2012-04-29 17:50
If this happens the local price of rice will go up by many folds and again the poor in our country will bear the brunt. Families in poverty should get rice for subsidised price - THESE FAMILIES NOW DON'T BUY RICE AND THAT'S WHY THERE IS 'SURPLUSS RICE!!!'
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-35+10 # meranchi 2012-04-29 17:56
very good move but should not be only the word......i
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-1+34 # Sammy 2012-04-29 19:26
Make use of this excess to reduce prices here.
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-7+38 # pancake 2012-04-29 19:26
Our agricultural products do not meet international quality standards. Unless of course if we are exporting to Somalia.
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-0+29 # j 2012-04-29 20:31
If we want to export doller has to be 150-160 level, if not our price is double in south asia, PPL please check it with our friend who live in M.E
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-1+36 # lankashantha 2012-04-29 20:39
First you people must go to Thailand and and learn the standards of these products over there before entering in this venture.
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-2+38 # j 2012-04-29 20:51
over seas no demand for our vegitables
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-1+12 # ULM ali 2012-04-30 06:56
Who will get profit?.
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-0+9 # manpei 2012-04-30 07:36
it's not very wist of him to make such a comment when increases to flour and bread prices are being announced.
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-0+15 # KMM osman 2012-04-30 08:40
Feed the poor before u Export and fill your Pocket with the income
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-0+13 # Impartial 2012-04-30 09:45
If there is a surplus of rice & vegetables why not sell them locally at a reduced price, as a sort of relief to the fiery cost of living.
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-0+6 # Dhushy 2012-04-30 11:17
what about the 10%??? ;)
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-0+6 # sahdi 2012-04-30 12:39
PLEASE TELL....! MR. BANDULA(7500) TO TEACH MR.BASIL WHAT IS THE MEANING IN BETWEEN IMPORTS ND EXPORTS
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-0+6 # sabs 2012-04-30 13:20
first of all feed your own people(poor) then look for the export.
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-0+5 # Lapas 2012-04-30 13:35
First of all bring down the prices in SL, before exporting
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