All paddy stores in the island would be surrounded and lorries of all large scale rice mill owners that arrive to buy paddy at reduced prices would be turned back from tomorrow (30th) says the National Organizer of All Ceylon Farmers’ Federation Namal Karunaratna and he called upon the farmer community, consumers and small and medium scale rice mill owners to join the movement.
He said this when representatives of the farmer community, consumers, and small and medium scale rice mill owners arrived at the Paddy Marketing Board to discuss the paddy racket being carried out with the participation of the Paddy Marketing Board.
Mr. Namal Karunaratna said paddy in stores of Paddy Marketing Board is sold to a few brokers at Rs. 43.65 a kilo on the pretext of emptying the stores to meet the rice crisis that could occur in the future, the brokers sell the paddy for Rs.49.53 at the stores itself and the racket is being carried out with the mediation of the Chairman of the Paddy Marketing Board and Minister P Harrison.
He said recently lorries of large scale rice mill owners that had arrived to buy paddy at very low prices were turned back by the members of the All Ceylon Farmers’ Federation, representatives of small and medium scale rice mill owners and consumers and added that all paddy stores would be surrounded from tomorrow and paddy being bought at dirt cheap prices would be prevented.
Mr. Karunaratna said a scientific formula to distribute paddy was presented to the Chairman of paddy Marketing Board and they expect him to work according to this plan.