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By Kelum Bandara

The All Ceylon Bakery Owners’ Association has appointed a committee to recommend measures to be taken in the event of campaign against wheat flour consumption in the country.

The Association which held its annual convention on Sunday appointed this committee. Association’s President N. K. Jayawardane said that the adverse campaign coupled with high wheat flour prices had reduced bread sales mostly in rural and semi urban areas.

“Today, some persons cite wheat flour consumption as an act of terrorism. Therefore, we have to identify measures to counter such propaganda. We would also like to engage the government in this regard,” he said.

Mr. Jayawardane added that sales had dropped particularly in bakeries supplying bread to school canteens due to recent restrictions. 

“School authorities are not allowing students to bring wheat flour products even from outside,” he said.

Meanwhile, Deputy Minister of Internal Trade Neomal Perera said that the government had not taken a policy decision to ban wheat flour consumption in the country.

“We would like to listen to the bakery owners and know what their grievances are,” he said.     

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  • Hasiya Tuesday, 09 November 2010 05:33 AM

    SL is full of natural resources... Anyone would not die in hunger.... There are plenty of alternatives for wheat.. So, no need to fear..

    MK Tuesday, 09 November 2010 10:07 AM

    The wheat flour business has become a monopoly. And it is draining so much of cash from our pockets. The bakery owners should know that they cant do whatever they want.

    weha Monday, 08 November 2010 04:11 PM

    Government can't make people eat what it wants. people should have the right to decide what they want. all that the government should do is to provide guidance.

    Yoda Monday, 08 November 2010 04:36 PM

    It seems the word terrorism has no meaning anymore in the SL society, what with it being bandied about by all and sundry, starting from the top of the government.

    dpl Monday, 08 November 2010 04:40 PM

    white wheat flour is bad for health.Ask from Doctors.import very limited. for BUNS, not for BREAD.

    prabu Tuesday, 09 November 2010 06:13 AM

    Then do not eat any thing. Who says red rice is bad for health.

    Satha Tuesday, 09 November 2010 10:42 AM

    Deall

    Wimal the Donkey is trying to fool all of you and protect his and party interest only and he as succeeded too
    Since their is a bumper harvest this guy is trying to ban Wheat and keep the voter based happy but the masses should have the freedom of choice
    Suba Hanagathak wewa
    Well done sri Lanka

    Holman Monday, 08 November 2010 06:41 PM

    Now that wheat flour and coconut are quite costly, eating 'paan and pol sambol' is a luxury ! Subha Anagathayak !

    Don Neelis Monday, 08 November 2010 07:30 PM

    I will never forget standing in bread queues of 1970's.

    Buddhika Monday, 08 November 2010 08:23 PM

    All the bakeries and the bakery associations should be brought directly under Gota the Defense Secretary. SL will never tolerate any form of terrorism!!!

    lanka puta Monday, 08 November 2010 11:09 PM

    to all sri lankans suba anagatayak

    Maalu Paan. Tuesday, 09 November 2010 12:22 AM

    If you want to eat wheat products, go to the parliament canteen for breakfast!!!!!

    wije dias Tuesday, 09 November 2010 01:53 AM

    This is not what u should do. Try some research "how to use Rice FLOWER in place of wheet flower",speak to the minister concerned in that regard dont be another JVP

    Ryan Tuesday, 09 November 2010 02:54 AM

    Govet does not prohibit wheat flour products but discourgae eating these. All support this program as wheat is not grown in Sri Lanka. While verybody accept that Foreign Trade should improve, we should try to be secured with our staple food, rice.

    Ryan Tuesday, 09 November 2010 02:56 AM

    We should not let our rice production to go down. Pls make it your habit in life to go targets and achieve them rather than being pessimistic.

    Roshan Khan Tuesday, 09 November 2010 03:05 AM

    Sorry !
    We don't produce rice flour cake !

    nalin Tuesday, 09 November 2010 03:16 AM

    if consuming wheat flour is so dangerous i wonder how come all the europeons are still alive ???? coz for them its there staple diet!! and they seem to be having less health issues unlike we asians!!!

    Safeek Tuesday, 09 November 2010 03:23 AM

    what about introducing manchokka product in schools? .............. A nationa towards the nutrition society

    dn Tuesday, 09 November 2010 03:50 AM

    People may stick only to rice if they wish so. Adverse propaganda campaigns against wheat products are in violation of rights of a worldwide trade. Can't they take legal action against these violations?.

    Gamunu putha Tuesday, 09 November 2010 03:51 AM

    when I see u all commnents I really dissapointed because where we are still. why wheat producing countries do not eat rice or rice base foods. baecuse it is not easily grown when compare to wheat in their countries. they as well as we know rice is high in nutrition when compare to wheat. but our people want to eat more and more unnutritional wheat insted of nutritonally good rice (if process properly). i od not mean 100% we have to stop wheat but at leat some extend.

    unl Tuesday, 09 November 2010 03:52 AM

    Are you talking about Sri Lanka ??

    Dinesh Tuesday, 09 November 2010 04:13 AM

    what will happen to all the bakery employess..............

    Arthur Tuesday, 09 November 2010 04:14 AM

    Rice too is bad for health

    sdf Tuesday, 09 November 2010 04:32 AM

    Next campaign is going to be against 'Parippu' . It is not grown in Sri Lanka.

    Dee Tuesday, 09 November 2010 01:23 PM

    who wants to eat rice for all three meals (and sleep) . better find alternatives. home grown

    Lankan Monday, 08 November 2010 01:30 PM

    Majority of Srilankans are hardly having one meal per day...if GOSL put restriction for weat they will have to live and die in hunger......

    ahamed Monday, 08 November 2010 01:38 PM

    Going back to the 1970's regeme.

    Dingimahattaya Monday, 08 November 2010 01:39 PM

    Once upon a time they monitor the bags for bomb, nowdays monitoring the school bags for wheat product, what a funny Nation.

    Dingi - USA

    Gamaya Tuesday, 09 November 2010 04:54 AM

    Government didn't say you can't eat bread. If you have money eat whatever you want. who cares..

    Ryan Tuesday, 09 November 2010 04:59 AM

    We can produce Pol cake and Aluwa using rice flour, think creatively and innovate pls pls pls

    Chris Tuesday, 09 November 2010 09:25 AM

    What comments made by some ding dongs. How uneducated and stupid they seem to be. May be they eat three meals of rice. So it be "Bath Gotto"

    sampath Monday, 08 November 2010 02:02 PM

    No problem. If we dont have bread we will eat cake !

    Udaratakolla Monday, 08 November 2010 02:04 PM

    What happens if the next years rice crop is reduced. Importing rice is costlier than wheat.

    Thamilsel..... Tuesday, 09 November 2010 09:29 AM

    What a country & what a big joke, good to all who supported the chinthanaya!!!!!!!!! Ohoma Yang...............

    Hungry Citizens Monday, 08 November 2010 02:30 PM

    No "Money to buy Wheat" for the poor man, but have "Money" to "Government`s Foolish Celibrations"

    "Pan Nathnam Cake Kapalla" We don`t care

    TERRENCE B. DE SILVA Tuesday, 09 November 2010 09:32 AM

    When I was young and naive I used to think that "Maalu Paan" was made only of fish; now probably they can do it minus the wheat flour.

    Oyage Podi Guru Monday, 08 November 2010 02:36 PM

    I just made pizza at home "from scratch." You cannot make pizza without wheat flour. Nor very good birthday cakes, unless a soggy, unrisen mess it what you want.


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