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This week we deal with issues regarding rice production since it affects everybody. Oil prices are a continuing , contentious issue.

Meanwhile, the Controller of Immigration and Emigration said that linking with Interpol was vital to track down criminals who have increased using false identities.

Farmers should cultivate short-term rice varieties

Agriculture Minister Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena

Q: Will the current drought in the North Central Province affect to the "Yala" harvest?

A: There are signs that the drought will end soon. Certain areas of the country such as Wellawaya have experienced rains last week. The 'Yala' harvest will probably be affected by the continuing drought.

Q: What action has been taken to prevent a shortage of rice ?

A: There will be no rice shortage at all since we have sufficient rice even for 12 months.

However, it is prudent for farmers to cultivate short-term rice varieties and other food crops in view of the unpredictable weather conditions which we experienced during the recent past.

 

Iranian Govt will resume local project

International Monetary Cooperation Senior Minister Dr. Sarath Amunugama

Q: The United State exempted Sri Lanka from economic sanctions. How will this benefit Sri Lanka?

A: The Government will hold talks with the Iranian Government to resume development programs with Iranian aid.

Q: What were the major projects launched with Iranian aid?

A: The 'Uma Oya' multi-purpose development project, improvements to Sapugaskanda Oil refinery were two important schemes agreed upon to be financed by the Iranian Government during the Iranian President's visit to Sri Lanka in 2010.

 

Steps to curb illegal activities

Immigration and Emigration Controller General, Chulananda Perera

Q: The Police and Navy arrested a group of Sri Lankans and foreigners attempting to sail across to Australia. Organised human smugglers were also with them. What action will be taken against them?

A: The frequency at which human smugglers were arrested in the recent past, proves that Sri Lanka is being used as a major hub for criminal activities. Steps will be taken to curb illegal activities.

Q: The Interpol database was linked with Sri Lanka recently. Doubtless, it will strengthen the border security. Your comments?

A: Nearly 187 countries are connected to the Interpol system which stores information relating to stolen or lost travel documents and international criminals with their photographs and fingerprints.

 

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