AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS (REGULATION) ORDINANCE

Arrangement of Sections

1. Short title.

2. Appointment of Commissioner and other officers.

3. The Agricultural Products Regulation Board.

4. Functions of the Board.

5. Application of Ordinance to specified agricultural products by Order of the Minister.

6. Notification of standard grade, price.

7. Importation of regulated product in respect of which the standard ratio is prescribed, prohibited, except under licence.

8. Application for import licence.

9. Payment for prescribed quantity of local product, a condition precedent to issue of import licence.

10. Coupon for proportionate quantity of local product paid for, by importer.

11. Coupons to be exchanged for delivery warrants.

12. Commissioner authorised to issue multiple delivery warrant and to vary standard place of delivery, standard grade.

13. Cancellation of coupon and refund of price paid under section 9 in certain cases.

14. Regulations.

15. Authority of other officers to act for Commissioner in specified cases.

16. Interpretation.

17. Construction of ordinance.

29 of 1939,

29 of 1941,

5 of 1942,

31 of 1953,

7 of 1964.

AN ORDINANCE to regulate the importation of agricultural commodities and to facilitate the sale of the agricultural products of Sri Lanka.

[Date of Commencement: 1st October, 1939]

1. Short title.

This Ordinance may be cited as the Agricultural Products (Regulation) Ordinance.

2. Appointment of Commissioner and other officers.

(1) There may be appointed any person by name or by office to be or to act as Commissioner for Agricultural Marketing, and may in like manner be appointed such Assistant Commissioners and other officers as may be deemed necessary for the purposes of this Ordinance.

(2) In the exercise of his powers and in the discharge of his duties under this Ordinance, the Commissioner shall be subject to the general direction and control of the Minister.

3. The Agricultural Products Regulation Board.

(1) There shall be established an "Agricultural Products Regulation Board” which shall consist of the Commissioner as ex-officio Chairman and not more than five other members all of whom shall be appointed, by the Minister.

(2) Subject as hereinafter provided, each member of the Board shall ordinarily hold office for a period of three years unless he is appointed to be a member of the Board for some shorter period:

Provided that any member of the Board may at any time resign from the Board or be removed therefrom by order of the Minister.

(3) Regulations may be made providing for the conduct of the business of the Board and the procedure to be observed at meetings of the Board:

Provided that the Board may regulate its own procedure in any matter not provided for by regulation.

(4) Where the Board has by resolution .determined that information on any matter is necessary for the purposes of this Ordinance, the chairman of the Board may, at any time after the passing of such resolution, exercise in respect of any such matter any power conferred on the Director of Statistics by or under the Statistics Ordinance; and that Ordinance shall, for such purpose, be read and construed and shall have effect as though—

(a) such matter were a matter to which the provisions of that Ordinance have been duly applied by Order under section 2 of that Ordinance;

(b) any reference in that Ordinance to the Bureau of Statistics were a reference to the Board; and

(c) any reference in that Ordinance to the Director of Statistics were a reference to the chairman of the Board.

4. Functions of the Board.

(1) It shall be the duty of the Board to discharge such functions as are assigned to the Board under this Ordinance and to advise the Minister from time to time on the following matters:

(a) the agricultural products to which the provisions of this Ordinance shall be applied by Order under section 5 and all other matters required to be prescribed by notification under section 6;

(b) any other matters referred by the Minister to the Board for advice.

(2) The Board shall also perform such functions, discharge such duties and exercise such powers as may be assigned or entrusted to or vested in the Board by this Ordinance or by any regulation.

5. Application of Ordinance to specified agricultural products by Order of the Minister.

(1) The Minister may, by Order, apply the provisions of this Ordinance with effect from a specified date to any agricultural product specified in that Order, and may, in like manner, vary or revoke any such Order.

(2) An agricultural product specified in an Order is hereinafter referred to as a "regulated product” and shall continue to be a regulated product for the purposes of this Ordinance until that Order is revoked as herein before provided.

(3) Every Order shall, in addition, specify the local product which an importer must purchase in order to obtain a licence to import the regulated product.

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