Sri Lanka donates 50,000 MTs of rice to WFP
Sri Lanka donated 50,000 metric tons of rice, valued at around US $ 22 million to the United Nations World Food Program (WFP), under the patronage of President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Friday (15).
The donation, which is to be distributed to people in need in 10 countries in Asia, the Middle East and Africa, was received by WFP Representative Country Director Ismail Omer at the Presidential Secretariat.
Sri Lanka made the donation to the WFP as appreciation for the assistance given by WFP in the past to feed displaced people affected by internal conflict, tsunami, and various other natural disasters, the government said.
President Rajapaksa has proposed in the 2014 budget to donate 50,000 MTs of rice to the WFP appreciating their assistance, providing food for the needy people who are faced with similar situations in other countries and strengthening the relationship with the WFP.
WFP is the World's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. Each year, on average, WFP feeds more than 90 million people in more than 70 countries.. The Sri Lankan Government assists the WFP in providing food assistance to those in need and to support national priorities for addressing food and nutrition security in the country
Sri Lanka reported its highest paddy production in 2013 with 4.6 million metric tons. Sri Lanka has also achieved self-sufficiency in rice due to
Government's policies such as continuous implementation of the fertilizer subsidy programme continuously for 9 consecutive years, providing a higher guaranteed price for paddy, cultivation of fallow paddy lands and providing cultivation loans at concessionary interest rates
Ministers Basil Rajapaksa and Johnston Fernando, Deputy Minister Neomal Perera, Secretary to the Treasury P.B.Jayasundara and many Senior Government officials were present on the occasion.