* Sri Lanka suspends importing five food crops due to self-sufficiency

Feb 02, Colombo: Sri Lankan government has decided to suspend import of five types of grains and pulses with immediate effect.

Minister of Agriculture Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena said imports of ragi, maze, phaseolus max, sesame and peanuts have been suspended as the country is producing these crops in sufficient quantities.

Abeywardena says the measure is taken to save the foreign exchange and also to encourage the local farmers.

The Minister also pointed out that there is a great progress in the maze cultivation of the country.

Sri Lanka last year imposed heavy import taxes on these grains. A 90% tax was imposed on imports of phaseolus max or ‘undu’, 76% on cow pea, and 30% on ragi (millet).

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