The special commodity levy on imported big onions and potatoes had been increased with effect from August 23, the Finance Ministry said today.
Accordingly the levy on imported big onions was increased from Rs.25 to Rs.35 a kilo while the levy on imported potatoes was increased from Rs.15 to Rs.25 a kilo.
It said the import levy was increased to safeguard the local farmers.
This is the second occasion, where the ministry increased the levy on imported big onions and potatoes within this month.
Accordingly, on August 12, the special commodity levy for imported big onions was increased from Rs.10 to Rs.25 a kilo and on August 15, the levy on imported potatoes was increased from Rs.5 to Rs.15 a kilo back then. (Lahiru Pothmulla)
I feel we are financially stripped and our blood is sucked by politicians. This govt. lose money on Mihin, unnecessary airport, sea port, non-alliance summit etc. etc. We are forced to tighten our belt and fund these fatty pigs. These pigs and their families are fed subsidized meal at parliament. Probably we can effort to use onion and potatoes only during festival.
shaul Monday, 25 August 2014 07:10 PM
Imported onions and potatoes are cheaper than locally grown produce. Therefore, the Govt imposes levies on imported onions and potatoes so that they will be as expensive as the locally grown onions and potatoes. How, is this going to help the consumers. Instead, the Govt should help the Sri lankan growers better farming techniques to lower their production costs to help lower the prices to the consumers.
Crazy Coot Tuesday, 26 August 2014 01:39 AM
[quote name="Chandapala"]Mewa Chandha goondu. via DM iPad app[/quote] Or "Making hay while the sun shines"?
HJSP Tuesday, 26 August 2014 01:41 AM
To feed new Deputy ministers???
Kiris Baba Amaray Tuesday, 26 August 2014 04:14 AM
Withdraw this move right now, other-wise sorry for UPFA.
Mason Tuesday, 26 August 2014 06:26 AM
Our production does not meet the needs of the country hence imports had become necessary. Having paid taxes and incurring other expenses the imports are cheaper, it appears that our efforts in growing Potatoes and Big onions are not very successful. The remedy is better methods of growing and not price increase on imports, thereby imposing more difficulties in feeding the family. Is this not another goody for garnering Uva votes.
vinoth Tuesday, 26 August 2014 06:41 AM
why they need money for car races and Rugby matches
Shame shame shame !!!!!!
sobers Tuesday, 26 August 2014 09:01 AM
If our neighboring India can produce at very low costs, why can't we do it? What are the so many advisers and professionals doing for the fat salaries they get? It is better to satisfy 22 million than satisfying hundreds of farmers. May be commission kings at work. Find methods to produce at low costs than harming millions of citizens.
Roshan Tuesday, 26 August 2014 10:29 AM
Shame shame shame !!!!!! Because the government cannot control them
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