Written by Bella Dalima
03 Sep, 2014 | 9:06 pm
The Ministry of Cooperatives and Internal Trade notes that Sathosa outlets in the Badulla district would purchase potatoes from farmers till the month of November.
Issuing a release the ministry notes that this programme will also be implemented in the Nuwara Eliya and Jaffna districts in the near future. With the harvesting of potatoes in the Badulla district, merchants began purchasing potatoes from farmers at a price of between Rs.60 and Rs.70 a kilogramme.
The government intervened and granted farmers a certified price of Rs.80 to potato farmers through Sathosa. A group of farmers who engaged in a protest in the Welimada area charged that the government is purchasing only a selected portion of their harvest.
An Additional Secretary of the Ministry of Economic Development toured the area today to look into the allegations. Additional Secretary of the Ministry of Economic Development, Priyantha Mayadunne shared these views:
[quote]Farmers pointed out that their produce is being rejected based on the types of potatoes. However, Lak Sathosa officials informed me that no such rejection took place. We plan to provide loan facilities to these farmers at a concessionary rate and continue with the certified price system [/quote]
Meanwhile, traders at the Dambulla Economic Centre have decided not to sell imported potatoes for a period of five days, in order to create a better market price for local farmers .
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