Sri Lanka has received orders for over 100,000 metric tons of rice from several countries in the African and Middle Eastern regions.
According to the Secretary of Cooperatives and Internal Trade Ministry Sunil S Sirisena, the orders are from Kenya, South Africa, Dubhai, Somalia and Ethiopia.
The Secretary said the country has already exported 6,000 MT of rice to South Africa and 3,000 Mt to Dubhai. Sri Lanka ships 25 containers of rice every week to Dubhai while 15 containers are shipped to South Africa, Ethiopia and Somalia, he said.
Meanwhile, the Paddy Marketing Board said that it has purchased the largest stock of paddy, amounting to 112, 277 metric tons from the farmers during this Maha season.
According to development.lk, the Board has managed to purchase a record quantity of paddy exceeding 23,755 metric tons from the Anuradhapura District as against 18,242 and 22,452 metric tonnes from Ampara and Pollonnaruwa Districts during this season.
According to the sources this is the first time that the Board spent over Rs. 3,190 million for paddy during the Maha season.