Trading at Fort Manning Market halts
Though upcountry vegetables had been received at the Fort Manning Market at wholesale level, most traders are struggling to sell their produce due licensing issues, former Governor Rajith Keerthi Tennakoon said in a communique.
He said that although 46 Lorries had arrived at Manning Market from places such as Welimada, Bandarawela, Uva Paranagama, Nuwara Eliya and Hali-Ela, the wholesale trading programme had come to a standstill due to there not being a system in place to issue licenses to minor traders. He said the prices of vegetables had come down drastically at the market resulting in upcountry farmers being unable to get a fair price for their produce. Tennakoon has said that the onus was on the Government to sustain the food supply chain sans any hiccup in the network and warned that farmers and consumers will have the consequences before long.