With Rice production in Sri Lanka's
Yala Harvesting Season having
fallen by around 50 percent, the government has decided to import a
further four lakh metric tons of rice
this year to meet the shortfall.
Following Cabinet approval, "Sathosa the government's canalising
agency imported the first consignment of 100,000 metric tons from India
recently, according to official sources.
A futher 400,000 metric tons of rice would be imported shortly on the
recommendation of a Cabinet Committee.
Severe drought had affected various parts of the Island nation. Drought
conditions are likely to continue till the end of the year further reducing