Though the Government Agents of Kilinochchi and Muliathivu had requested permission for the purchase of 15,000 bags of excess rice, roughly equivalent to 750 MT, from the Tiger controlled Vanni farmers, to be sold in the South, the government is reluctant
to entertain that request as they suspect that the rice belonged to the looted cargo of the Farah 111.
The vessel was seized by the Tigers in February when it ran aground off the Mulaithivu . They looted its cargo of 14,000 MT of red nadu rice from Andra Pradesh, India destained for South Africa.
The GA`s of the North and East had met the Presidential Advisor Basil Rajapakse on Monday to discuss various issues pertaining to the provinces and had requested permission to deal in agricultural products of the farmers of the war torn area.
Meanwhile, a Northern Provincial source said that the government at the meeting had agreed to permit paddy to be brought in the government controlled areas, which they could verify as genuine produces of Vanni.
Accordingly an initial consignment of 2500 bags, roughly equal to 125 MT, is ready to cross the Omanthai checkpoint in the next few days, the source said.