Govt to purchase vegetables through Sathosa branches
The Government has decided to purchase vegetables stipulating fixed
prices through the Sathosa branches islandwide to provide best prices
for farmers and as a relief measure for consumers.
Addressing a press briefing held in Colombo yesterday, Trade,
Marketing Development, Co-operatives and Consumer Services Minister
Bandula Gunawardhana said that the prices of vegetables have gone down
in the local market due to a bumper local vegetable harvest.
The Cost of Living and Food Preservation Committee chaired by Prime
Minister Ratnasiri Wickramanayaka met yesterday and decided to commence
purchasing the vegetables cultivated across the country under fixed and
best prices aiming to protect local farmers.
“We will sell these fresh vegetables through the Sathosa branches at
concessionary prices for consumers,” He said.
It was also decided to sell these vegetables by keeping a small
profit margin to consumers who live in Colombo and suburbs area through
mobile lorries and Sathosa branches.
Under this programme, Sathosa branches across the country will sell a
kilo of green chillies at Rs.30 while a kilo of pumpkin will be sold at
Rs.15. A kilo of brinjal will be priced at Rs.15 while a kilo of
cucumber will be sold at Rs.5. A kilo of melon will be sold at Rs.10.
Even though the Government provides a fertilizer subsidy as a relief
measures for paddy farmers, the vegetable farmers across the country are
not entitled to this subsidy. They face high production costs as well.
The final result is that they incur a huge loss due to a huge vegetable
price reduction in the market.
Lorries will be sent to seven areas including Thambuththegama
Economic Center, Dambulla Economic Center, Stores of Food Commissioners
Department in Ranna, Pannegamuwa Co-operative Society, Embilipitiya
Economic Center, Sathosa Puttalam and Sathosa Kurunegala for the
purchasing of vegetables of farmers in these areas. All these purchases
will be supervised by the officials in Sathosa, Samurdhi officials and
officials in Civil Protection Committees.