President Maithripala Sirisena has instructed the Finance Ministry to impose a 100 per cent tax on imported big onions.
The President's Media Division said the instructions were given after considering the plights local onion farmers undergo when selling their harvest.
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concern Monday, 25 September 2017 06:15 PM
Need to do the same for other commodities too.
REBECCALRMPHERS Monday, 25 September 2017 06:16 PM
WHY NOT FOR OTHER LOCALLY GROWN STUFFS?
sam Monday, 25 September 2017 07:34 PM
Encourage local farmers to grow more sustainable/hardy stuff. Import the easily perishable stuff with minimal tax. Every year there is a drought or flooding or something, Sri Lanka is not suited to growing veg, import it.
stardust Monday, 25 September 2017 08:36 PM
100%. That means the clever mudalalis will try to augment 100 Rs via DM Android App
John Monday, 25 September 2017 08:39 PM
I have a great idea.Why not raise taxes to 10,000% on everything.Then no one will import anything, and local producers can finally make a living.It will also force out all the foreigners when they realise it really is awful trying to live in rice and curry 3 times a day, leaving more jobs for sri lankans.Of course, the economy will collapse, but hey, its worth it.
BuffaloaCitizen Tuesday, 26 September 2017 09:19 AM
John Tuesday, 26 September 2017 01:17 PM
Who is sneering?Isn't that what the government wants, tax everything until nothing is imported, except for their own tax free luxury cars?
Ahmed Monday, 25 September 2017 09:48 PM
why cant the local farmers have a fair competition with imported onions ? how can an imported onlion become more cheaper than locally produced onions even after paying import tax ? increasing the tax by 100% is insane. why cant our local farmers play a fair game ?
kasyapa Monday, 25 September 2017 10:20 PM
Unless local farmers able to supply the entire country's demand this is yet another freak from Bogus Yahapalu regime and, further squeezing and perishing the poor middle class working people.
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