Sri Lankan President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa stressed the need to establish a market where farmers get higher prices for their goods while consumers get lower prices.
The President points out that such a market can be started by establishing a backdrop that would allow farmers in all parts of the island to sell their produce directly to the customer without the intervention of intermediaries.
This point was made by the President during a meeting with the Cost of Living Committee at the Presidential Secretariat last afternoon (14)
The President and Prime Minister, Mahinda Rajapaksa, have concentrated on formalizing the steps to be taken to ensure the continuous supply of critical consumer products to all areas without any shortage.
Yesterday, the President lifted the import duty on essential commodities such as dhal, canned fish, onion and sugar, taking into account the current living conditions and the difficulties associated with COVID-19.
The daily intake requirement of the family has been determined through the mediation of the Ministry of Health. Mr. Basil Rajapaksa said that, as a step towards raising low income earners, it is planned to grow vegetables and fruit at home and meet the demand for eggs through domestic poultry farming.
Officials pointed out that in the Yala and Maha seasons this year, paddy harvests were higher than in the previous year. In the future, the President clarified the need to establish a buying paddy scheme.
It was also reported that a special program for transporting fruit , vegetables and fertilizers by train was designed in collaboration with the Railway Department.
Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, Ministers Bandula Gunawardena, Mahindananda Aluthgamage, Douglas Devananda, State Ministers Lasantha Alagiyawanna, Arundika Fernando, Secretary to the President PB Jayasundera, members of the Cost of Living Committee including Secretaries to Cabinet and State Ministries were present at the discussion.