Written by Bella Dalima
29 Nov, 2014 | 10:23 pm
On Saturday evening, big onion farmers in Dambulla staged a protest for a third time. The protest is being staged against the importation of big onions.
The big onion farmers staged their protest atop the roof of the Dambulla Dedicated Economic Centre on Saturday. The protesters charge that their produce of big onions does not receive a fair price due to a kilogramme of imported big onions being sold at Rs.40.
As a solution to this issue, steps were taken with the intervention of the Ministry of Co-operatives and Internal Trade to purchase a kilo of big onions at Rs.90. Thereby, four centres which would purchase 15,000 kilogramme of big onions on a daily basis were established.
However, the farmers charge that these centres do not purchase a sufficient amount of big onions.
Minister Janaka Bandara Tennakoon who arrived at the scene to meet the protesters, discussed the issue with the President over the phone.
[quote]I just spoke to the President, and he said that the entire stock will be purchased for 90 rupees a kilo. Tell them that.[/quote]
The protest concluded thereafter.
The Subject Minister expressed views in Nikaweratiya on the protest launched by the big onion farmers.
Minister of Co-operatives and Internal Trade, Johnston Fernando said:
[quote]I have sent orders to purchase all stocks of onions upon the request made by the President. We have taken measures to purchase big onions from all Dambulla stocks for 90 rupees per kilo from tomorrow. This will take affect from tomorrow morning.[/quote]
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