Rice crisis: Rise to the challenge!

  • 22 Apr 2008 11:08:48 GMT

    Subsidizing and regulating prices for rice and fuel is disastrous. Also Sri Lankans have to adjust to the world market by any means.

  • 22 Apr 2008 11:17:08 GMT

    The rice crisis is an international crisis. With the many internal problems and crises Sri Lanka has including the wipe out of the paddy harvests in the A`pura and P`naruwa districts due to the rain the international rice crisis is only adding to the woes.

    At the moment with bread at Rs.40-45 many cannot afford to eat bread. Flour is Rs.75-85 a kilo beyond the reach of many. Even a `rotiya` is fast becoming a luxury in Sri lanka. Coconuts could cost 35-40. Pol Sambol and bread could soon be a rich man`s food in Sri Lanka.

    There are many in Sri Lanka who cannot afford to buy infant milk food by the packet for their children and as a result they buy by the teaspoon just sufficient for one feed or they by the ounz (vanilla bottles).

    Retail traders have a side business buying infant milk food in bulk and then selling them by the ounz packed into vanilla bottles or by the teaspoon to the poorest of the poor.

    The days are not far off when Sri Lankans will begin to die of starvation.

  • 22 Apr 2008 11:55:14 GMT

    People will begins to die!

    That is what we expect but that will never happen.People will revolt against the government and invade shops and loot.And then they will kill rich and make this country living hell.

    I saw it happening several times but next time it will be the end.

  • 22 Apr 2008 14:30:40 GMT

    [[ The rice crisis is an international crisis. With the many internal problems and crises Sri Lanka has including the wipe out of the paddy harvests in the A`pura and P`naruwa districts due to the rain the international rice crisis is only adding to the woes.

    ]]

    Asians Ate Rice for centuries and it is their Staple foods.

    Now, it is an international problem.

    At least in the case of Sri Lanka, GOSL has to blame their own MISMANAGEMENT.

  • 22 Apr 2008 15:49:15 GMT

    [I am from Pakistan, if you need rice send me the specification of quality, rate, mode of payment, sample, packing etc. That i can find the stocks for you for your demand. ]

    Assalamu Alaikum Mr Sethi:

    We just need regular rice. People here are not that picky as long as they can eat decent quality rice at a reasonable price.

    Just remember to work out - Mr 10% Basil Rajapakshas fees to your price. Yes we also have a Mr 10% just like you have Asif Zardari (Benazir Husband).

    So Please send the stock of rice, packed neatly, to Petta, Colombo. Its just very close to the Colombo Port. We can buy it from there.

    Please Send the `ADDITIONAL FEES` (10% of TOTAL cost) - to

    Mr Basil rajapaksha (aka Mr 10%)

    C/O Mr. Mahinda Rajapakshe

    President

    President`s House

    `Temple Tree`

    Colombo 3

    SRI LANKA

    Fax: 94-11-254.29.19

    Look forward to receiving your shipment in the very near future! Thank you very much for your concern about us :):)

  • 22 Apr 2008 17:42:52 GMT

    Well, when your economic strategy is based on `Mahinda Chinthanaya`, what do you expect? Just like Mihin Airlines, the economy is slowly going to collapse.

  • 22 Apr 2008 18:59:55 GMT

    Most Sinhalese have voted for that JHU/JVP/Rajapakse coalition and they are happy to hear about the decline of the LTTE.

    High prizes and inflation are blamed on LTTE, the world market and Westerners.

    Probably Sri Lankan will now get renamed into Mihin Lanka.

  • 23 Apr 2008 02:39:45 GMT

    Asif Saradari`s rate is now 50%.

  • 23 Apr 2008 04:56:30 GMT

    [We just need regular rice. People here are not that picky as long as they can eat decent quality rice at a reasonable price]

    I did not know you people in the US are also badly affected by the rice crisis!

  • 23 Apr 2008 05:29:17 GMT

    [The days are not far off when Sri Lankans will begin to die of starvation.]

    Yeah. Before that, there will be a marked increase in crimes like theft, burglary, raiding of Stores/warehouses etc. followed by food riots