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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2679

Sri Lanka Government to promote rice flour for pastries

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

Colombo, 25 May, ( : Sri Lanka Government is trying to promote rice flours in the country instead of wheat flours. Ministry of Science and Technology is presently experimenting to produce bread and other pastries by mixing rice and wheat flours.

A senior cabinet Minister Professor Tissa Vitharana says that the government may reduce import of wheat flour to popularize rice flour among the masses.

Responding to queries made by the media in Colombo, Minister said Scientists of the Industrial Technology Institute [ITI] could develop new wheat and rice based bread variety to reduce usage of wheat flour by 20 percent.

Speaking to media at his Ministry auditorium, Professor Vitharana said that government’s aim is to increase earnings of the farmers through this project.

Explaining current paddy purchasing system in Sri Lanka Minister said after the popularization of rice flour to make bakery products, farmers can sell their paddy harvest without any hindrances.

At present most farmers claim the government paddy purchasing system is not in a position to cater all farmers in the country.

He said that scientists of the ITI have developed over 300 new food processing and other industrial technologies to cater the local institutions and the farmers.

Minister Vitharana said that ITI expects to provide its new innovations under nominal fee, but the Ministry has decided to provide these innovations through its VIDATHA centers without charging a single cent.

Addressing media briefing in Colombo on Wednesday, Minister asked media support to popularize Rice flour concept among the masses.

Meanwhile local experts said some local rice varieties could be popularized in foreign countries. However they need government support to promote local rice varieties.

The ITI said their scientists are now engaged in tests to improve quality of local rice.

- Asian Tribune -

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