Growing hopes of big onion farmers nipped in the bud

Growing hopes of big onion farmers nipped in the bud

Growing hopes of big onion farmers nipped in the bud

Written by News 1st

22 Oct, 2014 | 7:44 am

Big onion farmers say that along with the price for a kilogramme of big onions being set at Rs. 60 by the government, the opportunity that was available for the farmers to sell their produce in the open market for a higher price has been restricted.

They charge that although a price ceiling has being set, the government has not yet taken steps to purchase their big onion produce.

A kilogramme of big onions harvested from the Yala Season was sold at a price between Rs.80-100 rupees in the Dambulla Economic Zone.

It was later stated that a price ceiling of Rs.60 was imposed and purchasing of big onions was done through Sathosa. Thereby, along with the reduction of prices in the open market, farmers took steps to harvest and sell its produce at a lower pace, expecting that a higher price could be obtained in the near future.

However, along with the onset of the rainy weather, the expectations of the farmers to slag their harvesting could not be continued.

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