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Import tax on B.onions and potatoes increased

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Minister Johnston Fernando said today that import tax on a kilo of Big Onions and potatoes will be increased by Rs.25 and Rs.20 respectively with effect from midnight today.

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  • balu Monday, 13 August 2012 04:48 PM

    This is a failed state in every respect with sub-standard petrol, diesel; erroneous exam papers; under-par performance by ministers and above all, without any accountability to anyone. Welcome to the Kingdom of Sri Lanka.

    abdbul Tuesday, 14 August 2012 02:08 PM

    election is on the way. we know who to vote now

    Bawa Tuesday, 14 August 2012 09:49 AM

    a week before we had read news price will come down??? planning for cultivate B- Onion and Potato in Hammantota by next year.

    Farzan - Kalutara Tuesday, 14 August 2012 07:47 AM

    Eid Moon is sighted five days ahead!!!

    shiv Tuesday, 14 August 2012 07:25 AM

    a land like no other..

    Cyclops Tuesday, 14 August 2012 04:23 AM

    The markets do not place name tags on these items and we are at a loss to choose before buying.

    Game Over Tuesday, 14 August 2012 04:20 AM

    Economies of scale are achieved when you produce the items you can sell at a lower price and import those we can get at lower prices. If we cannot grow potatoes at competitive prices, bring them down and start growing some other crop which we can produce and may be export

    Irshad Tuesday, 14 August 2012 03:43 AM

    Price increase is not a surprise in Sri Lanka

    Jayantha Tuesday, 14 August 2012 03:06 AM

    Only to enjoy until elections end.

    famous victor Monday, 13 August 2012 12:20 PM

    is it to pay for the new ministers apartment. so sweet..!!!

    Dinesh Monday, 13 August 2012 04:21 PM

    Before the shipment arrives or when the order is placed the tax is reduced. So when the shipment is cleared tax is increased....Cover story is to the benefit of local farmers. This games is going on for a long time......

    Dadoriya Monday, 13 August 2012 03:35 PM

    When there is a drought there is no one to help the farmers. The are asked to pray to god. I wonder what this increase is for. A bumper onion and potato harvest. They guy is not educated. The price is decided by supply and demand. Let the market decide the price. Lucky these guys left the UNP.

    Notharismama Monday, 13 August 2012 02:13 PM

    "Giveth from one hand taketh from the other hand" Oh your honourble sir, you are one of most disgusting persons I have ever known. Reminds me of 1970-1977 era!

    Kondeybendapucheena Monday, 13 August 2012 12:41 PM

    instant soultion

    senavi Monday, 13 August 2012 12:30 PM

    this is to offset duty reduction for luxury items like high end cars - people should understand

    Nodrog Monday, 13 August 2012 12:38 PM

    Ha! Gives one with the right hand and takes back three with the left hand.

    farieze Monday, 13 August 2012 12:27 PM

    another midnight bomb-now ministers are working only how to burden the poor citizen instead of working to ease the burden.

    Calistus Jayatilleke Monday, 13 August 2012 12:26 PM

    To offset the sops given the other day with miniscule price decreases of some items through the Lak Sathosa.


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