Govt. to roll out food security program

Monday, 13 February 2017 00:08 -     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

By Charumini de Silva

The Government has announced that they will roll out a massive food security and a sustainable agricultural policy under the leadership of President Maithripala Sirisena within the next two years.

“President has taken control of the food security and agricultural policy,” State Finance Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena told journalists last week.

He acknowledged that food protection is one of the main focuses of the Government for 2017 and 2018.Noting that the Government gazette on maximum retail price (MRP) for rice was a short-term measurement, Abeywardena said their intention was to distribute rice at an affordable price for the public.(CdS)