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Involvement of middlemen has resulted in price hikes, say consumers

The National Movement for Consumer Protection yesterday said that a kilogramme of vegetables bought from farmers for a sum ranging from Rs. 12 to Rs.30 by middlemen at the Keppetipola Economic centre had been allegedly sold for Rs.400 plus in Colombo on Tuesday when the police curfew was lifted for several hours.

The NMCP urged government to control the unscrupulous activities of the middlemen and large scale vegetable and fruit sellers trying to make exorbitant profit at the expense of farmers and consumers in the face of the current crisis situation arisen due to the Covid-19 virus spread.

The NMCP said farmers who sold vegetables at Keppetipola EC had complained to them after hearing that the vegetable bought from them had been sold for Rs.400 plus in Colombo.

The NMCP urged authorities to investigate the matter and take necessary action against those responsible if the allegations were correct.

 

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