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Farmers hail Import Tax on Onion

Farmers and farmer organizations in Dambulla, Galewela, Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa, Habarana and Medirigiriya yesterday hailed the decision by the Government to increase the Import Tax on big onions.

Farmer Organisation Representative Kamalasiri Subasinghe thanked Agriculture Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage for resolving their long standing problem. He also thanked Matale District MP Pramitha Bandara Tennekoon for conveying their grievances to the Minister.

He said that a kilo of imported big onions in the open market is sold at between Rs. 60 and Rs.80. “Therefore, traders buy local big onion at very low prices,” he said.

“We spend around Rs. 90 per kilo to cultivate onions and without knowing the expenses, the traders bargain big onions at Rs. 85. Many farmers have even pawned their jewellery to cultivate onions,” he said.

The farmers also requested the Minister to provide them with adequate organic fertilizer and enough chemical fertilizer for the coming season.

Kamalasiri said that chemical fertilizer is essential for onion cultivation since insects destroy half-grown onions.

 


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