GOVERNMENT CONTINUES FOOD SUPPLY TO WANNI REGION

GOVERNMENT CONTINUES FOOD SUPPLY TO WANNI REGION Despite severe constraints due to terrorist attacks on civilians and Security Forces, Government of Sri Lanka continues to supply food to the Northern Province, in particular to those areas in the Wanni region still under LTTE control. The essential supplies to these regions have been sustained despite concerted efforts by the LTTE to sabotage these services. Among these have been LTTEs attacks on vessels carrying these essential items to the North. In July, 1997 the LTTE attacked a civilian food vessel, MV Morang Bong, killing one foreign crew member and taking captive 37 others off the coast of Point Pedro. Also in July last year, the LTTE destroyed the civilian vessel MV Missen used to transport civilians to their homes in Jaffna.

The World Food Programme (WFP) monitors the food supply and nutrition situation in the Wanni regions.

Annex I provide details of food supplies to the Wanni region published by the World Food Progrmme office in Colombo. According to the WFP, the monthly requirement for the Wanni region (on an estimate of 15 k.g. of food per month per person) for 400,000 people is 6000 metric tons per month. WFP Colombo confirms that this quantity has been supplied for December 97 and January 98 although there is fluctuation relating to other months.

Annex II gives the table of supplies sent to Jaffna in the months of January to December, 1997. In addition to these supplies sent by the Commissioner General for Essential Services, supplies are also sent by Multi Purpose cooperative societies, Food Commissioner and private traders.

Annex I (A) Source : WFP

Total Food by District : Wanni Jan-97 Feb-97 Mar-97 Apr-97 May-97 Jun-97 Jul-97 Aug-97 Sep-97 Oct-97 Nov-97 Dec-97 Jan-98
Vavuniya 300 37 253 407 170 160 286 298 218 177 430 271 263
Mannar 775 390 706 336 - 720 546 359 217 176 290 278 201
Killinochchi 2,595 546 2,080 3,103 1,175 2,283 3,441 2,499 1,794 2,331 698 2,768 3,889
Mulativu 3,061 328 1,489 1,133 832 2,131 1,843 1,410 1,377 1,341 1,705 1,722 1,701
Req. For 400,000 per @ 15 Kg/month 6,000 6,000 6,000 6,000 6,000 6,000 6,000 6,000 6,000 6,000 6,000 6,000 6,000
Total 4 districts 6,732 1,301 4,527 4,980 2,177 5,293 6,119 4,565 3,606 4,025 3,124 5,038 6,053

Total Food by Origin Jan-97 Feb-97 Mar-97 Apr-97 May-97 Jun-97 Jul-97 Aug-97 Sep-97 Oct-97 Nov-97 Dec-97 Jan-98
CGES (Commisioner General Essential Services) 5,370 - 2,030 3,190 1,940 4,720 3,102 2,599 2,091 2,520 2,380 3,550 5,079
MPCS 1,362 1,301 2,497 1,790 237 573 3,017 1,966 1,515 1,505 744 1,488 974
Other - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Monthly averager 5,980 5,980 5,980 5,980 5,980 5,980 5,980 5,980 5,980 5,980 5,980 5,980 5,860
Grand Total 6,732 1,301 4,527 4,980 2,177 5,293 6,119 4,565 3,606 4,025 3,124 5,038 6,053

Annex I (B)

Food and other essential items sent to the Vanni region during the period January, to December, 1997.

District Quantity
Vavuniya District 3,007 MT
Mullatitivu District 18,371 MT
Kilinochchi District 25,312 MT
Mannar District 4,797 MT
Total 51,487 MT

(Source: WFP. Colombo Office)

COMMISSIONER GENERAL OF ESSENTIAL SERVICES FOOD & ESSENTIAL ITEMS SUPPLIED TO NORTHERN AREA (JANUARY TO DECEMBER 1997)

JAFFNA

YEAR & MONTH ITEM SUPPLIED QUANTITY VALUE
1997 January Flour 498,9 MT 8,231,437
Rice 1,150,0 MT 21,792,500
Sugar 400,0 MT 12,580,000
Monthly Total 2,048 MT 42,603,937
1997 February Dhal 150,0 MT 5,347,500
Flour 299,3 MT 4,939,109
Rice 2,763,5 MT 52,367,377
Sugar 577,7 MT 18,168,665
Monthly Total 3,790 MT 80,822,652
1997 March Rice 250,0 MT 4,737,500
Sugar 200,0 MT 6,290,000
Monthly Total 450 MT 11,027,500
1997 April Dhal 25,0 MT 891,250
Rice 1,300,0 MT 24,635,000
Sugar 1,478,0 MT 46,481,527
Monthly Total 2,803 MT 72,007,777
1997 May Dhal 50,0 MT 1,782,500
Milk Food (LMF) 75,0 MT 13,968,750
Milk Food (MILC) 75,0 MT 11,718,750
Rice 1,300,0 MT 24,635,000
Sugar 700,0 MT 22,015,000
Monthly Total 2,200 MT 74,120,000
1997 June Dhal 350,0 MT 12,477,500
Rice 3,100,0 MT 58,745,000
Sugar 1,900,0 MT 59,755,000
Monthly Total 5,350 MT 130,977,500
1997 July Dhal 100,0 MT 3,563,217
Milk Foods 50,0 MT 7,812,500
Rice 1,201,3 MT 22,763,687
Sugar 900,0 MT 28,303,427
Monthly Total 2,251 MT 62,442,832
1997 August Dhal 250,0 MT 8,912,500
Milk Foods 100,0 MT 17,125,000
Rice 2,170,5 MT 40,170,986
Sugar 1,700,0 MT 50,475,000
Monthly Total 4,220 MT 116,683,486
1997 October Rice 2,700,0 MT 59,940,000
Monthly Total 2,700,0 MT 59,940,000
1997 November Dhal 798,0 MT 33,763,000
Rice 7,109,9 MT 162,513,881
Monthly Total 7,907 MT 196,276,881
1997 December Red Nadu Rice 1,500,0 MT 32,550,000
White Nadu Rice 1,000,0 MT 18,790,000
Monthly Total 2,500 MT 51,340,000
1997 TOTAL 36,221 MT 898,243,000







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