The import levy on big onions had been increased by Rs. 20 per kilo under the directives of Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake, the ministry said today.
Accordingly, the levy had been increased to Rs. 30 from its previous amount Rs. 10.
Onion farmers in Dambulla recently urged the government to impose a special commodity levy on imported big onions, otherwise, they would have to commit suicide.
They had complained that they were facing a crisis as traders in the Dambulla Economic Centre were opting to buy lower-priced imported big onions and rejecting local stocks. (Lahiru Pothmulla)