Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa said there was a surplus of rice and vegetables in the country now and steps would be taken to export them to gross an additional income.
He said this came as a result of agricultural development programmes implemented by the government. He said the government took several measures to use these excess food items for food processing programmes and also to foreign markets.
He also pointed out that the reason for excess food production was due to home gardening process by the public. The minister requested vegetable exporters to take necessary measures to export such excess vegetables.
Representatives of vegetable farmers associations have said that there have been record harvests in all regions of the country including the North and the East due to the conducive weather experienced in the country.
Quality seeds provided by the government and the support extended for home gardening have contributed to the surplus in vegetables and the vegetable prices have come down in the market as a result.
According to the Minister, excess food items are already being used for food processing programs and also being exported to foreign markets.
The Minister has called on the vegetable exporters to take necessary steps to export the excess vegetables in the country.