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Emergency food for aid for Sri Lanka



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MINISTER FOR

FOREIGN AFFAIRS No. Date

M62 7 June 1982

■ I J L j .

-1,. A U S T R A L I A

NEWS RELEASE THE HON. TONY STREET, M.P.

EMERGENCY FOOD AI D FOR SRI LANKA ·

A u s t r a l i a w i l l p r o v i d e emergency food a i d worth

$ 2 . 5 m i l l i o n t o S r i Lankaz t he M i n i s t e r f o r F o r e i g n A f f a i r s /

t h e Hon. Tony S t r e e t MR/ announced t o d a y .

Mr S t r e e t s a i d t h a t t h e emergency a i d was bei ng

p r o v i d e d because p r o l o n g e d d r ou ght c o n d i t i o n s had s e r i o u s l y a f f e c t e d t he c o u n t r y ' s r i c e c r o p . I n some d i s t r i c t s crops

had f a i l e d f o r t he p a s t t h r e e y e a r s . The number of pe op l e

a f f e c t e d by t he d r o u g h t was e s t i m a t e d a t 2 m i l l i o n .

The A u s t r a l i a n c o n t r i b u t i o n / 1 4 / 1 9 8 t onnes of wh e a t /

i s e x p e c t e d t o a r r i v e i n S r i Lanka i n l a t e J une . I t w i l l be

used as p a r t of a Worl d Food Program emergency f e e d i n g p r o j e c t

i n n o r t h e r n S r i L a n k a .

The S r i Lankan Government has a r r a n g e d f o r a d d i t i o n a l

commer ci al i m p o r t s of wheat and r i c e but has r e q u e s t e d i n t e r n a t i o n a l

a s s i s t a n c e t o ensur e a de qua t e s u p p l i e s .