seeks cheaper milk and flour
By Anjuli Gunaratne
The government is negotiating with some foreign sources for cheaper
milk and wheat aiming at bringing down the cost of living.
Virithamulla, Secretary Ministry of Trade, Commerce and Consumer
Affairs, said while Amul, the Indian milk company, is one alternative,
the government was negotiating with others as well to import cheaper
are (still) in the process of looking for the best option because
the quality of milk products is important to us," he said.
Last week ministers Anura Dissanayake and Jeyaraj Fernandopulle,
in the delegation that accompanied Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse
to India, discussed cheaper imports of milk and wheat flour from
India. The Indian government has said it is prepared to provide
wheat to Sri Lanka at a subsidised rate.
Ferreira, Head of Marketing at Sathosa, said that Sathosa was currently
having discussions with the government to use its 150 outlets as
a channel for cheaper milk and flour imports but was unaware of
the source of the supply.
added that Sathosa's main concern is to give customers value for
money and to lower the cost of living for its customers. "We
are willing to support the government in the steps that are being
taken," he said.