The first shipment of rice ordered from India is scheduled to land in Colombo Port yesterday, the Government Information Department said.
This is the first shipment (12, 500 MT) of a total 72,000 MT Nadu rice ordered from the Indian private supplier. The orders were placed on the direction of the Cost of Living Committee to overcome rice shortages and price manipulations by unscrupulous elements.
The Cooperative Wholesale Establishment (CWE) under the Ministry of Industry and Commerce will receive the imports and will make it available to Lanka Sathosa under the Ministry.
The wholesale cost is expected to be Rs 72 per Kg while the retail price is to be around a low and affordable Rs 74.