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Paddy farmers receive better income now – State Minister Gamalath

State Minister Siripala Gamalath along with officials inspecting a model farm in the Mahaweli B Zone.
State Minister Siripala Gamalath along with officials inspecting a model farm in the Mahaweli B Zone.

Paddy farmers receive a better income than the fixed price as a result of the Government’s decision not to import rice, Mahaweli Zone Canals and Settlement Infrastructure Development State Minister Siripala Gamalath said.

He said that a paddy kilogram is bought now at Rs.55, the least.

He was addressing a group of farmers after inspecting several Mahaweli model farms in Damminna and Sevanapitiya in the Mahaweli B Zone recently.

The Mahaweli Mahagovi Sangrama - Hari Govithenata Hari Para, an organization, which was set up to guide the farmers to obtain a high yield held a meeting at the Mahaweli Divisional Office in Sevanapitiya where the State Minister participated.

State Minister Siripala Gamalath said that the production by the Mahaweli settlers will be increased to 30 per cent from the present 20 per cent in the next three years.

He said that the imports of food could be controlled substantially by properly managing the Mahaweli land for cultivation.

The Government spends about Rs.220 billion to import food items annually and this amount could be saved by cultivating those crops locally, State Minister said.

He said a food scarcity will not emerge in the future with the increase of national food production and the Mahaweli settlers should rally round to achieve this national goal.

“Various factions say rice should be imported. If the rice was allowed to be imported, the paddy farmers would not get a good price today,” he said.

“President Gotabaya Rajapaksa always takes farsighted decisions. He is really a visionary leader,” State Minister Gamalath said.

Mahaweli Zone Canals and Settlement Infrastructure Development State Ministry Secretary Engineer W.B. Palugaswewa, Residential Enterprise Manager Noel Jayasiri and several others participated.