Fixed price for pepper
By Thameenah Razeek
The Government has introduced a fixed price for pepper considering the injustice done to farmers due to the non-availability of a fair price for it. Accordingly, 100 grams of pepper will be available through the Sathosa outlet network from yesterday (12) at Rs 160.00.
Addressing a Media briefing held at the Ministry of Trade on the stabilisation of pepper prices, Minister of Trade Dr. Bandula Gunawardena said throughout history, local farmers have been unable to sell their produce and the Government has intervened to mitigate the injustice done to farmers by getting a fair price for their produce.
He said intermediaries have released a pepper stock between Rs 250 and Rs 300.
State Minister of Development of Minor Crops said local pepper growers were in direct coordination with the Ministry of Trade to resolve their problems and prepare the market for the pepper stocks.
The Minister also said the Sathosa outlet network will issue high quality pepper at a reasonable price. “Also, as prices of goods are fixed in collaboration with various State agencies, intermediaries and profiteers were raising false allegations against the Government to sabotage the programme,” Dr. Gunawardena said adding that the Government would be grateful if other private supermarket chains would also stabilise pepper prices according to the Sathosa.