AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS (GUARANTEED PRICES AND CONTROL OF HULLING AND MILLING) ACT

Arrangement of Sections

1. Short title.

2. Grading of a scheduled agricultural product.

3. Fixing of a guaranteed price for, or a guaranteed price for each or any of the different grade of, a scheduled agricultural product.

4. The Guaranteed Prices Advisory Committee.

5. Power of the Commissioner to purchase or authorise other persons to purchase scheduled agricultural products, to establish or cause the establishment of purchasing stations, and to establish stores.

6. Authorised purchasers.

7. Purchase of graded scheduled agriculture products by the Commissioner or an authorised purchaser.

8. The Commissioner or an authorised purchaser may pay the guaranteed price for a scheduled agricultural product.

9. From whom the Commissioner or an authorised purchaser may purchase a scheduled agricultural product.

9A. Recovery of money due to the Government or to registered co-operative societies.

10. Losses incurred by the Commissioner in purchase processing, distribution and sale of scheduled agricultural products to be met out of money voted for the purpose.

11. Control of the hulling or milling of paddy.

12. Power to specify the quantity and quality of rice to be produced by persons hulling or milling paddy for the Department of Agrarian Services.

13. Hullers or millers of paddy for the Department of Agrarian services not to contravene order under section 12.

14. Power of entry and inspection.

15. Regulations.

16. Offences.

17. Offences by bodies of person.

18. Penalties.

19. Offences to be cognizable.

20. Certain officers to be peace officers.

21. Directions to which the Commissioner and his Deputies and Assistants to be subject.

22. Powers of the Commissioner which may be exercised by his Deputies and Assistants.

23. Amendment of the Schedule to this Act.

24. Interpretation.

33 of 1961,

17 of 1964.

AN ACT to provide for the grading of, and the fixing of guaranteed prices for, certain agricultural products of Sri Lanka; to require the commissioner of Agrarian Services, and purchasers authorised by him, to pay the guaranteed price for the purchase of agricultural products to which such prices apply; to control the hulling and milling of paddy; and to provide for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

[Date of Commencement: 2nd June, 1961]

1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the Agricultural Products (Guaranteed Prices and Control of Hulling and Milling) Act.

2. Grading of a scheduled agricultural product.

The Commissioner may, by Order published in the Gazette and in such other manner as he may consider suitable for giving publicity to the Order, specify from time to time the grade or grades of any scheduled agricultural product.

3. Fixing of a guaranteed price for, or a guaranteed price for each or any of the different grade of, a scheduled agricultural product.

The Commissioner may, after consultation with the Guaranteed Prices Advisory Committee and with the approval of the Minister given after consultation with the Minister in charge of the subject of Finance, by Order published in the Gazette and in such other manner as he may consider suitable for giving publicity to the Order fix from time to time—

(a) a guaranteed price for a scheduled agricultural product which is not graded under this Act, and

(b) a guaranteed price for each or any of the different grades of a scheduled agricultural product which is graded under this Act.

4. The Guaranteed Prices Advisory Committee.

(1) The Guaranteed Prices Advisory Committee shall consist of—

(a) the Commissioner of Agrarian Services who shall be the Chairman of such Committee;

(b) an officer of the General Treasury nominated by the Minister in charge of the subject of Finance; and

[S 4(1)(b) am by s 2 of Act 17 of 1964.]

(c) such number of members not exceeding seven as may be appointed by the Minister from among persons who appear to him to have experience and shown capacity in agricultural, commercial or financial matters or in administration.

(2) A member of the Guaranteed Prices Advisory Committee appointed under subsection (1)(c) (hereinafter referred to as an "appointed member”) shall hold office for a term of three years from the date of his appointment.

(3) An appointed member may resign from the Committee by letter addressed to the Minister.

(4) An appointed member may be removed from office by the Minister if such member is absent from the meetings of the Committee for a period of three months or for any cause which appears to the Minister to be reasonable or if the Minister considers it expedient to remove such member from office.

(5) Where any appointed member of the Committee resigns or is removed from office or dies, the Minister may appoint another person to be a member in place of the member who resigns or is removed from office or dies and the person so appointed shall hold office during the unexpired period of the term of office of the member in whose place he was appointed.

(6) Where any member of the Committee becomes by reason of illness or other infirmity or absence from Sri Lanka temporarily unable to perform the duties of his office, the Minister may appoint another person to act in place of such member.

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