Minister Chamal Rajapaksa says there is a shortage of rice in the country.
Speaking during a media briefing in Kandy today, Minster Rajapaksa said plans are in place to import stocks of rice in order to control the prices of rice.
The Minister claimed he is aware of a group of doctors producing organic rice and selling it for over Rs.185.
On a separate note, Minister Rajapaksa said only one political party is participating in the protests being held in various parts of the country against the ban on chemical fertiliser.
When questioned by media on any adverse result due to the change in fertiliser, the Minister said the initial yield received through organic farming may not be successful as the process has a learning curve and farmers will have to work harder.
Minster Rajapaksa said the government has given an assurance that if there is a reduction in crops below the average amount, farmers will be compensated.
He claimed there are many farmers who are keen on organic farming.
He said the situation can be resolved if both parties work together adding everyone has a responsibility to provide nutritious, locally produced food to the public.