100% tax on imported big onions

25 September 2017 03:26 pm - 9     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


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.


  Comments - 9

  • 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


    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

    Nice sneer.

    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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