World Food Programme to buy rice from local farmers to feed tsunami victims

The World Food Programme(WFP) is planning to buy rice from Sri Lankan farmers to feed the thousands displaced by the tsunami and the internal conflict. The World Food Programme(WFP) is planning to buy rice from Sri Lankan farmers to feed the thousands displaced by the tsunami and the internal conflict. “We are negotiating with the government to buy 2,000 MT of rice this year and 8,000 MT of rice next year,” said Selvi Sachithanandam, the public information and donor relations officer at WFP Sri Lanka.

The local rice will provide bath packets (rice packets)for the thousands still living in displaced persons camps.

Up to now WFP has distributed over 50,000 MT tones of largely foreign food aid and is still feeding nearly one million – 910,000 – people.

Each person receives a full food basket of 200g rice, 200g wheat flour, 60g dhal, 20g coconut oil and 20g sugar per day.

But from this year the WFP will buy rice produced by local farmers to feed its local programmes and help the government dispose some of its rice stock.

By May the government spent over Rs 1.1 bn buying up over 71,000 MT of rice from local farmers.

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