The government has started a crash programme to process paddy,kept stored in ware houses to overcome any shortage of rice in the local market. According to Anuradhapura District Secretary R.M.Wanninanayake, over 950,000 kilogrammes of paddy have been issued to nine rice mills in the Anuradhapura district as of yesterday. He added that paddy stocks in government ware houses will be issued to rice mills continuously.
“Rice mill owners will be selected by the respective Divisional Secretariats for the processing of paddy, based on the instructions of the Finance Ministry,” he said.
Wanninayake expects these rice stocks to be issued to Lanka Sathosa by December 15.