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Oral Questions - 07th April 2011

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QUESTIONS FOR ORAL ANSWERS

Thursday, April 07, 2011

Question No. 0654’/10


Answers

Hon. Ravi Karunanayake: To ask the Minister of Co-operatives and Internal Trade.

(a)    (i)    Shown in Annexure No.01

1971.03.29


Paddy Marketing Board was functioned extremely during the period of 1970/80 decades while it had been decided to restructure according to the recommendation made by Sri Lanka Business Centre, in accordance with the advice given by the World Bank in 1990.


(b)    (i)    The number of tons of paddy purchased by the Paddy Marketing

Board for the last 4 – 5 years are given below.

Seasons Number of tons of paddy
purchased
2008 Yala 5,722

2008/09 Maha 37,400

2009 Yala 13,039

2009/ 10 Maha 70,771

2010 Yala 111,789


The percentage of paddy bought by Paddy Marketing Board compared to its production in Yala and Maha seasons are given below.


Seasons Number of tons of paddy
purchased The percentage of paddy purchased to its production in Yala and Maha seasons %
2008 Yala 5,722
0.33%

2008/09 Maha 37,400
1.57%

2009 Yala 13,039
1.03%

2009/ 10 Maha 70,771
2.69%

2010 Yala 111,789
6.69%


Minimum selling price of paddy has been fixed by the Paddy Marketing Board and the action has been taken to appoint related officers to purchasing paddy in certified price form the paddy producing areas in all seasons.  As private sector has to purchase the paddy above such certified price, it could pave the way to increase the minimum selling price of paddy.


(c)    Not applicable.