Imported potatoes to go up by Rs.15

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The Special Commodity Levy on a kilogram of imported potatoes will be increased by Rs.15 from tomorrow, the Ministry of Finance and Planning said.

It said a much better potato harvest by local farmers since January was the reason why the levy was increased so that they would be assured of a reasonable price for their potatoes.

The Special Commodity Levy on imported potatoes was increased from Rs.10. to Rs.25

“With the increase in the Special Commodity Levy we expect the local farmers to get a bigger profit by selling a kilo of potatoes at between Rs.75 and Rs.80 at the point of harvesting,” the ministry said.

It said the increase would be in the best interest of local farmers while having a minimum effect on consumers.

“We expect about 150,000 metric tonnes of potatoes this year and the government is planning to make the country self-sufficient in potatoes by 2016,” the ministry said. (Chaturanga Pradeep)

  Comments - 6

  • kenari Friday, 07 February 2014 05:43 AM

    well nothing wrong in sharing a reminder that Sweet Potatoes (as well as manioc) are better for your health , for the sake of the ignorant folk who hurrah potatoes and wheat flour and later have their legs amputated due to diabetes.

    UN-Predict Friday, 07 February 2014 01:47 AM

    Pssss! are you cultivating Sweet Potatoes? and wanted to promote the sales? Good luck?

    ANTON Friday, 07 February 2014 02:50 AM

    NO NEED OF POTATOES , WE EAT HELL OF A LOT CARROTS DAILY , GIVEN FREE OF CHARGE..

    sss Thursday, 06 February 2014 03:46 PM

    Eat sweet potatoes. It is much healthier than regular potatoes. Have good nutrition and fiber, low on harmful starch. In other countries it is more expensive that regular potatoes. Easy to grow in backyard

    M.O.A.Careem Friday, 07 February 2014 01:39 PM

    For Dahl concession - potato taxed.....?

    Rani Saturday, 08 February 2014 07:36 AM

    Agriculture Dept. should encourage rural people to grow their
    vegetables specially potatoes and leafy vegetables.There are plenty of bare lands Initially government should help them and they can build up small business as well.


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