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Government to blacklist institutions not purchasing farmers’ paddy at minimum prices

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The government has decided to blacklist small and medium scale rice millers, paddy collectors and paddy warehouse owners and institutions if they do not purchase the farmers' paddy stocks at the minimum prices set by the government.

The government has made arrangements to provide loans through several state and commercial banks at a concessional interest rates to buy paddy from farmers. 

Also, the minimum prices for paddy have been announced so as to be very beneficial to the farmers.

Agriculture Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said a minimum price for paddy was decided upon this year to protect the farmers and consumers, and currently traders are buying paddy from farmers at a price of Rs. 70-80 per kilo.

The Minister also mentioned that the government will provide an amount of Rs. 09 billion to the small and medium rice mill owners, paddy collectors and paddy warehouse owners at a subsidized interest rate for the paddy purchasing programme.


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  • This is reality Sunday, 11 February 2024 08:35 AM

    Do these small and medium scale rice millers get the opportunity to do so with the big fish swallowing almost all of it? And also no conditions to the big timers?

    Jayantha Sunday, 11 February 2024 08:35 AM

    What kind a joke is this.lol. If the paddy does not have a demand and if the farmers cannot depend without government intervention,why cultivate paddy. Instead look for high profitable crop or livestock which also can be exported. Then we can get more foreign income. Then rice can be imported from somewhere cheap. Do this is a pilot from in small scale in selected areas. If it is successful it can be implemented allover the countrry. Around 2000 people did not cultivate paddy but when jvplead coalition came to power in 2004 with fertilizer for 350. MR knew this is a great way to get votes so he continued the process ith free fertilizer and buying crop too. Now see the disaster we are facing as a country. Paddy farmers are a huge burden for the country with the current process. They should be gradully moved to other profitable crops or lovestock. Free range chicken or goats would be much more profitable and luctrative than this silly paddy.

    Waco Sunday, 11 February 2024 09:03 AM

    The Government must purchase their Paddy and do the needful.

    Labby Sunday, 11 February 2024 09:44 AM

    And what would be the consequences of being blacklisted?

    D P P Prasad Sunday, 11 February 2024 09:49 AM

    What a mockery we have never heard about black listing the owners of the rice mills. The leading mill owners are cronies and stooges of the leading ministers. Further the minimum price of a rice kilogram is decided by the billionaire rice mill owners. Therefore we want to ascertain as to how the government takes measures to black list their supporters

    Eliminate these Mafia’s Soonest Sunday, 11 February 2024 09:54 AM

    All government agencies

    Onlooker Sunday, 11 February 2024 09:55 AM

    Surprised only small and medium scale millers mentioned. What about 'Maha Parimana' not liable to blacklist.

    Garvin Karunaratne Sunday, 11 February 2024 10:41 AM

    In our days- the Sixties when we even became self sufficient we had our own organizations- cultivation committees and cooperatives to do this task.

    Government is now a mafia forcing up prices Sunday, 11 February 2024 02:47 PM

    Even the government is against consumers. Farmers product is not worth much, so buyer don't want it at the too high price, but government jack up price. Then the poor consumers pay. Government must be gotten rid of or UNP and SLPP caused second bankruptcy not far off.

    A Pohottu Supporter Sunday, 11 February 2024 04:31 PM

    Black-listing of institutions not purchasing farmers’ paddy at minimum prices is a great idea. Put Keheliya as the Minister in charge. He will only buy from black-listed companies.


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