The attention of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has focused his attention on creating a market which the consumers can buy goods in a fair price and the farmers can get a reasonable income for their harvest. The president said that it can be done by allowing farmers to sell their products directly to the customers without middlemen. The president made these remarks while speaking at a meeting held with the cost of living committee at the presidential secretariat yesterday.
Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa said that essential goods should be available in all over the island without any shortage.
With due consideration to the current cost of living and difficulties associated with COVID – 19 the Government has removed import duties on essential commodities such as dhal, canned fish, B onions and sugar. This will result in reducing the price of large canned fish to Rs. 200, a kilo of B onions to Rs. 100 and a kilo of sugar to Rs. 85 from tonight. Consumers who purchase goods worth more than Rs. 500 including these essential items from Sathosa will have the opportunity to buy a kilo of dhal at Rs. 150. The Coconut Development Board, Kurunegala Plantation Company and Chilaw Plantation Company have increased coconut supply to Colombo. This will pave the way for customers to buy coconut at a reasonable price from Sathosa outlets.