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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)
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  • AR Wednesday, 23 September 2015 10:53 AM

    Produce more locally, and stop imports... Govt should really consider self-sufficiency in several agricultural products. After all, we are still an agriculture based nation.

    Mevan Wednesday, 23 September 2015 05:41 PM

    Good move to help local farmers.

    saman Wednesday, 23 September 2015 04:22 AM

    hahaha..... enjoy people!

    simon Wednesday, 23 September 2015 04:30 AM

    Correct. Why in the first place we have to import big onions anyway ?Also they cannot be preserved for long time and it will be big loss !

    ANTON Wednesday, 23 September 2015 07:30 AM

    SEENI SAMBOLA KAALA HAMAARAY ........

    ANTON Wednesday, 23 September 2015 07:32 AM

    NOW SEENI SOMBOL WILL BECOME A LUXURY MEAL.

    CitizenPerera Tuesday, 22 September 2015 07:13 PM

    "Big Onion" robbery of the government during times when there is a bumper crop in local produce.

    Sapu Tuesday, 22 September 2015 07:41 PM

    Too late, the farmers are struggling to sell there onions and lots of imported onions are already in SL

    Cobra Tuesday, 22 September 2015 08:18 PM

    My tears are not from the onions!!!

    PERERA Wednesday, 23 September 2015 09:10 AM

    the problem is the fools ie us dont want to use or eat local stuff. only like foreign muck.


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