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Rice crisis continues – Traders to appeal to Minister

By Aisha Edris
The Old Moor’s Street Traders Association intends appealing to Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Bandula Gunawardene to let them increase prices of samba and nadu, which will help ease the ongoing rice shortage.

Old Moor’s Street Traders Association President N. Palaniandy told The Nation that they intend to ask Minister Gunawardene to allow traders to increase prices of samba and nadu.

Meanwhile, Pettah traders warned of a rice crisis due to a shortage of the commodity, which could even result in many wholesale shops closing down.

The traders said that they had not received the usual amount of rice from mill owners and as a result, rice businesses in Pettah were facing a huge crisis.

“Since we have not received the usual quantity of rice, most of the shops in the area are facing closure. When we informed the government about it, Minister Bandula Gunawardene asked us to be patient. But for how long can we be patient?” Palaniandy asked.

He further stated that some of the shops in the area were only selling spices and other commodities since they had not received their share of rice.

“Some of the shops in the area are only selling spices and other commodities and they fear that their businesses would be bankrupt if they do not receive rice in the coming weeks,” he warned.

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