Prime Minister D.M.Jayaratne said in Parliament today that the government was ready to purchase all the stocks of potatoes supplied by the farmers. Prime Minister Jayaratne said that the Cabinet of Ministers gave approval to a proposal to purchase all stocks of potato produced by the farmers in the Yala season this year at a certified price of Rs 80 per kilo. The purchases would be sufficient for the country’s potato requirements for the four months from the end of August to December. Hence the government had suspended importing potatoes.
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