- Published on Monday, 28 January 2013 11:56
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In order to combat moves by middlemen to increase vegetable prices unreasonably and provide vegetable to consumers at cheap prices, the Minister of Internal Trade and Cooperatives Johnston Fernando has instructed Lanka Sathosa to implement a special programme to purchase vegetables directly from the farmers and sell them at concessionary rates at Lanka Sathosa outlets.
Lanka Sathosa General Manager H A Jayathilake said that this move has been taken to curtail the escalating prices of vegetables in the country.
Under the first stage of this programme vegetables are to be purchased directly from the farmer’s associations in Hambantota, Nuwara Eliya, Dambulla, Tambuttegama areas, and it will be sold at concessionary prices at about 100 selected outlets in Matara, Kalutara, Gampaha and Colombo as a pilot project.
The Lanka Sathosa has requested farmer’s associations which can provide over 500 kgs of vegetable stocks to contact Lanka Sathosa authorities on 0777 328838 or 0715 343947. (niz)