Farmers’ woes grow as potato prices drop

Farmers’ woes grow as potato prices drop

Farmers’ woes grow as potato prices drop

Written by Bella Dalima

22 Aug, 2014 | 10:07 pm

The price received by potato farmers in the Badulla District has declined. Farmers say that their produce which sold for between Rs.70 and Rs.80  a kilogramme last week is being purchased by private traders at present for between Rs.50 and Rs.60 per kilogramme at present.

However, Lanka Sathosa notes that steps have been taken to purchase potatoes at the stipulated price of Rs.80 per kilogramme from farmers in the Badulla District. The harvesting of potatoes in the country largest potato producing district, Badulla, is well underway.

Potato farmers and farmers of other crops too are facing a price decline at present. The government increased the special commodity levy on imported potatoes from Rs.5 to Rs.15  on August 15 to enable local farmers to compete.

The government introduced a stipulated price of Rs.80 per kilogramme of potatoes to be purchased from local farmers via Lanka Sathosa, in order to resolve the problems faced by the farmers. If farmers wish to sell their produce to Lanka Sathosa, they are required to register with the Agrarian Services Department, prior to the harvest.


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