Imports to down prices

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Dec 23, 2010    Views: 5770

The Government yesterday reassured that the shortage of certain essential commodities will be quelled soon by importing such items to the country.

According to Trade Marketing, Cooperative and Consumer Affairs Minister Johnston Fernando, the Government will make every possible effort to ensure that consumers are not affected by the shortage of certain essential commodities which resulted in the increase in prices of such items in the open market.

Minister Johnston Fernando

He said the adverse weather pattern that existed in the country has led to the shortage of B’onions in the open market.

They will be imported from Pakistan as soon as possible and should reach the market soon, the Minister said.

Minister Fernando added that discussions are being held to import B’ onions from Pakistan as India has imposed a ban on export of B’onions.

The Minister said coconuts would be imported from India next week and the coconut prices would go down to around Rs 30 a nut with the inflow of Indian coconuts to the local market.

He said the Opposition has launched a massive campaign against the import of essential items to the country to take political advantage at the expense of innocent consumers.

The Minister said the Opposition resorted to the same ploy when the Government took a decision to import chicken to arrest the soaring chicken prices in the market.

That attempt ended in failure, he said.He said a kilo of chicken is sold at Rs 300 which is much below the controlled price of Rs 350.

B’onion cultivation in Sri Lanka and India was badly affected by the torrential rain that experienced the hilly areas of the two countries where B’onions are cultivated. India imposed a ban on exporting of B onions with a view to arrest the soaring B’onion prices.

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