Turmeric needed for local consumption at fixed price -Johnston | Daily News


Turmeric needed for local consumption at fixed price -Johnston

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has instructed all officers in the Agricultural sector to take steps to produce turmeric needed for the local consumption within the country and maintain a fixed price, Highways Minister Johnston Fernando said.

He was speaking during a visit to the Maha Nanneriya village in the Kurunegala District yesterday.

The Minister said there is a huge demand for turmeric in the local market at present where one kilo is being sold between Rs.4,000 to Rs.5,000.

“Some people question us as to why we do not import the required amounts and release it to the market. If we allow the importation, the traders will import excessively, store them and release to the local market later, which will result in discouraging the local producers,” he added.

The Government has commenced a programme to produce every item possible within the country while imposing limitations on the import of such products.

“We have taken action to build a self-sufficient local economy and thereby shift to the Developed Country category from the Developing Country category,” Minister Fernando added.

He also said it is expected to save huge amounts of money spent for the import of wheat flour by promoting the local crops such as maize in Sri Lanka. These limitations are imposed solely to empower the local economy and farmers and protect them. “It is my belief that Sri Lanka could be made the country with the strongest economy in the Asian Region,” he stressed.

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