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Govt. approves import of 6, 000 metric tons of basmati rice

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The Government had approved to import 6, 000 metric tons of Basmati rice annually under the provisions of Pakistan-Sri Lanka Trade Agreement, Cabinet Spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella said.

He said the private sector has also been permitted to import Basmati Rice under this provision.

However, complaints have been received regarding various irregularities in the importation of rice committed by rice importers which did not adhere to prescribed regulations.


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  • BuffaloaCitizen Tuesday, 13 October 2020 04:50 PM

    Basmati Rice??? This is a type of luxury rice and not a version for the medium or low class citizens of this country. What a waste of foreign exchange!!! Rajapakse waste has already started.

    raj Tuesday, 13 October 2020 04:59 PM

    Sri Lanka should be the country that can export rice and not import rice. Why not cultivate Basmti rice in Sri Lanka. It can help local farmers.

    Eichmann Bernhard (Germany) Tuesday, 13 October 2020 05:07 PM

    Does the country not have its own rice farmers?

    Michael Ranasinghe Tuesday, 13 October 2020 09:14 PM

    Wow looks like they have begun the celebrations even before the 20A has been passed .. god help us all ...

    Das Tuesday, 13 October 2020 09:18 PM

    Who eats basmati? The poor, the middle class or the super rich? Perhaps the government does not know as to who elected them. Or do they?


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