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Sri Lanka yesterday donated 50,000 metric tons of rice to the World Food Program (WFP) for free supply to 10 countries in Central Africa and South Asia.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa made a symbolic handover of the consignment of rice to the WFP Representative and Country Director Ismail Omer at the Presidential Secretariat.

The President stated in the 2014 Budget that Sri Lanka would make a donation of rice to the WFP in appreciation of the assistance given by WFP in the past to feed displaced people affected by internal conflict, tsunami, and various other natural disasters.

The government’s donation of rice stock of 50,000 MT worth more than Rs.3 billion will be supplied to several Central African countries and Bangladesh and Nepal in South Asia, the WFP Representative said. 10,000 metric tons will be supplied for distribution in the Northern Province, Mr Omer added.

Announcing the donation, the government noted that Sri Lanka has transformed from a rice recipient country under the WFP to a donor country in achieving self-sufficiency in rice.

According to the Finance Ministry, Sri Lanka has reported its highest paddy production in 2013 with 4.6 million MT. (Asian Tribune)
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  • ANTON Saturday, 15 March 2014 06:46 AM

    MAY KALAAWU MHAA PUNYA KARMAYEN LOKKAGE ELECTION SIYALLAMA DINEWA, SAMADAAA JANAPATHI WEWAA.

    sujith Sunday, 16 March 2014 10:32 AM

    the reason of donating rice is a Good one...because we have taken more help from others..even then and now some countries in Africa are suffering to there food... if this help them to survive it will be good..conning to our country we have opportunities to earn here lot of people in street are begging to have liquor..but government have to control the price of rice in SL too... via DM Android App

    Shamil Saturday, 15 March 2014 06:18 PM

    we have to die with hunger. via DM Android App

    ANTON Saturday, 15 March 2014 06:47 AM

    LOKKATA PIN, APITA NOTHING.

    pissang the island Saturday, 15 March 2014 12:23 PM

    Surely you will get votes in ur favor in UN but defiantly you are looser in ur own house in PC polls

    Lokahora Saturday, 15 March 2014 07:13 AM

    The rice will be distributed to Bangladesh too. But its currency is stronger then ours.

    max Saturday, 15 March 2014 08:10 AM

    good act.share the hard erned prosperity with others who need.

    Farmer Saturday, 15 March 2014 08:50 AM

    Are you serious we are donating rice ? Why not feed the poor & needy in SL first .

    OMG Saturday, 15 March 2014 09:33 AM

    Already rice prices are moving up by the day.

    V Saturday, 15 March 2014 10:12 AM

    We need to feed the hungry Lankans first. Then we can think about donating. Donating is for developed countries, not for countries called "3rd world nations". via DM Android App

    Thakkadiya Saturday, 15 March 2014 04:03 PM

    To hell with the beggars. They don't have votes. Geneva, Western and Southern provinces have votes. They count. via DM iPad app

    Naoma Saturday, 15 March 2014 10:48 AM

    [quote name="BADAGINI ! "]We are starving to death! [/quote]
    poor u, but u have connection to internet and have time to write comments!

    BADAGINI ! Saturday, 15 March 2014 10:34 AM

    We are starving to death!

    ABC Saturday, 15 March 2014 10:39 AM

    Lets put differences aside. This is the first time we donated rice and really noble work. via DM Android App

    kaputakukula Saturday, 15 March 2014 05:22 AM

    Jolly good. their vote is guaranteed in the UNHRC. Also price increase for rice in SL is also equally guarnteed.

    sano Saturday, 15 March 2014 10:56 AM

    I see several people in our streets begging for their daily living...Mr. president start something like rice for work, if u have enough via DM Android App

    suranga Saturday, 15 March 2014 05:34 AM

    Dear Mr. President, first feed our own with rice not your bull crap

    modaya Saturday, 15 March 2014 06:08 AM

    If a sack of that rice was given to a beggar on the street here it would at least kept him fed for six moths or even longer. There are plenty of hungry mouths in Sri Lanka we should first feed them . Remember charity begins at home. I wonder if this has anything to do with Geneva!!

    Lanka Shantha Saturday, 15 March 2014 06:24 AM

    Leaders don't see what is going in our country.
    Elders are begging on the streets.
    Out side of every super market and restaurants you can see them.


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