Picture 1: Paddy Cultivation Minister D.M. Bandaranayake examines
bread and rolls made out of a mixture of rice and wheat flour
at a demonstration last week organised by the Industrial Technology
Institute (ITI). The government is promoting increased consumption
of rice and rice-based products to overcome surplus production.
Picture 2: Paddy farmers P.M. Gunaratna Banda and D.M. Thilakaratna
Banda from Welikanda pour out their problems of lower prices
and surplus ouput to The Sunday Times FT. Pix by Athula
Devapriya and Quintus Perera.