The Consumer Affairs Authority flying squad, while investigating rice hoarding, discovered 1 Mn kilos of rice that were being kept as an ingredient for the production of beer, yesterday (26) in Ampara.
Retd. Major General Shantha Dissanayake, chairman of the CAA said that storing of rice, other than for human consumption, is prohibited, which means it cannot be stored as animal feed or to be used in other products.
Illegal rice storage stocks have been discovered in Polonnaruwa, Ampara and Anuradhapura and sealed off.
Higher fines for traders who sell overpriced rice
Minister for Trade, Bandula Gunawardene stated that fines against traders who sell rice at higher rates have been increased to Rs. 100,000 from the previous Rs. 2,500. He further stated the letters of credit have been issued to ensure sufficient stocks of rice are available.
The minister stated that 6 warehouses that hid over 4 Mn kg of rice have so far been discovered and sealed by the CAA while those selling rice at higher rates are being fined.