|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