Minister of Economic Reforms and Public Distribution, Dr. Harsha De Silva says a formal investigation is underway into the discarding of 890 metric tons of potatoes purchased from the upcountry farmers during the 52-day unconstitutional government in 2018.
The 890 metric tons of potatoes bought by the state from the farmers at a cost of over Rs. 83 million have been buried without distributing to the consumer when the illegally appointed government ruled for 52 days from 26 October 2018.
The stock of potatoes has been purchased by the Sri Lanka Consumer Co-operative Society from the farmers.
The Minister said that the stock of potatoes had decayed due to the failure to store it properly and take necessary steps to distribute the stock to the consumers in time. Measures have been taken then to bury the rotted stock of potatoes.