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“Can meet with complete Thriposha requirement if given necessary maize”

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Mr. Deepti Kularatne, Chairman of the Sri Lanka Thriposha Ltd. says that more than 3.7 million Thriposha packets have been distributed to villages so far in 2023.

He also said that the production and distribution of Thriposha is being carried out as usual and currently 1.3 million Thriposha packets are being produced per month.

Speaking to media today (13), he said :

“Usually, we have to provide around 1.9 million Thriposha packets monthly. However, the current requirement is about 1.3 million, which includes separate supplements produced for expecting mothers, lactating mothers and for children aged over 03 years.”

“Presently, due to an issue with the criterion imposed, the Thriposha supplement produced for children aged between 06 months – 03 years, is currently not in production. After the Ministry of Health resolves the issue, we are able to supply this as well,” he added.

“The biggest problem we have is the shortage of maize. We have not yet managed to produce the maize required for the Sri Lankan market. If we get the exact amount of maize we need, we can produce the entire 1.9 million packet requirement within a period of 20 days,” he further said.

Mr. Kularatne also said that they hoped to initiate a mechanism to cultivate maize exclusively for the Thriposha production, which will be kicked off after receiving the necessary approval, he added.

In addition, the World Food Programme will provide the necessary Maize and Soy for the next 03 months, he said.

Mr. Kularatne also appeals to the public not to have unnecessary fears about Thriposha and Suposha, which have been a highly nutritious supplement for Sri Lankan mothers, lactating mothers and children for 50 years.

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No justification for coconut oil price hike – Coconut Development Authority

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The Coconut Development Authority has stated that there is no valid reason for a price increase of coconut oil in the local market.

CDA chairman – Prof. Roshan Perera has emphasized that there has been no tax hike on imported coconut oil.
Given the sufficient supply of coconut oil for domestic consumption, Prof. Perera asserted that any price increase is unjustifiable.

Additionally, a new regulatory program is being planned to control and stabilize coconut oil prices in the market, he added.

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Coconut oil price upped

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The price of a litre of coconut oil has been increased by more than Rs. 100, the National Consumer Front (NCF) has said.

NCF Chairman Asela Sampath said that the price of a litre of coconut oil has been increased by between Rs. 180 and Rs. 200. 

Accordingly, the current retail price of a coconut oil litre is Rs. 550.

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Registration compulsory for all money changers 

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The Central Bank has issued a notice making it compulsory for all money exchange institutions to be registered with the Central Bank and regulated by it. 

The CB order is in effect from 3 June 2024. 

The Central Bank states that all money changers who are currently not registered will now receive the opportunity to provide such services in a systematic and regulated manner. 

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