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Govt purchases nearly 1 million kg of vegetables in Sri Lanka amid COVID-19 curfew

Pettah Market (image credit: flickr.com)

ECONOMYNEXT – The government of Sri Lanka has purchased a total of 904,010kg of vegetables under a programme initiated by the presidential task force on essential services.

This with the aim of providing vegetables to the general public without any shortage during the ongoing COVID-19 curfew, the task force said in a statement.

From Saturday (April11) morning to 11pm Sunday, the government has purchased the vegetables from 15 districts.

The purchases were made at the Nuwara Eliya, Dambulla and Thabuththegama economic centers.

District Secretaries purchased the vegetables based on allocations made for them for the purchases. The task force said extra allocations were made for the Anuradhapura District Secretary as there is another programme of purchasing vegetables underway there through the Civil Defence Department.

The task force has made assurances to farmers who could not get their harvest done time or could not sell their produce that the government will provide them with “maximum relief” measures. (Colombo/Ap13/2020)

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