On August 10, 2010, Johnston Fernando, Co-operative and Internal Trade Minister,
According to the report of Daily News, Mr. Fernando said that
He said that government has not stopped buying paddy harvests from farmers and made necessary arrangements to store the yala season paddy harvest. The government is going to use the store houses of the Food Department as well as those of the private owners.
He said that government is paying Rs.28 for per kilogram of Nadu paddy and Rs.30 for per kilogram of Samba paddy. The farmers are required to bring their crops to 136 store houses of the Paddy Marketing Board (PMB) located around the country.