Written by Staff Writer
23 Nov, 2014 | 5:46 pm
Big onion farmers in Dambulla staged a demonstration on Saturday to protest the sale of imported big onions at the Dambulla Economic Centre.
The protest prompted the temporary closure of the A9 Highway. The farmers’ protest was staged opposite the Dambulla Economic Centre.
The farmers blocked the A9 Highway in front of the Economic Centre and spread their harvest of big onions across the road. The farmers lament that the sale of imported big onions at the centre,= has made it difficult for them to secure an appropriate price for their crop.
Our reporter says the farmers staged a protest march to the Dambulla town, whereupon they were met by the Assistant Superintendent of Police in Dambulla, who contacted the Minister of Co-operatives and Internal Trade, Johnston Fernando over the phone.
Thereafter, the farmers were given an opportunity to present their problems to the Minister. Following the Minister’s pledge the protesting farmers dispersed.
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