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Sri Lankan president promises rice subsidies if prices rise further

The president of Sri Lanka, Maithripala Sirisena, on Monday promised voters in his hometown of Polonnaruwa he would ensure rice was provided at a concessionary rate if there was any further increase in rice. 

Mr Sirisena stressed he would not let people starve, Colombo Page reported. 

Last week the government announced it would be importing rice from Pakistan after droughts affected paddy production.

The Sri Lankan government has also commenced government level talks on the possibility of purchasing rice from Thailand.