Big Onion prices rise sharply



Big Onion wholesalers in Dambulla have called for government intervention after the prices of imported Big onions already in warehouses were suddenly spiked from Rs. 250 – Rs. 300.

The prices had suddenly increased after India announced that they are halting big onion exports until March 31, 2024, in a bid to curb the surging prices in their local market.

Speaking yesterday (Dec. 12), a group of imported Big Onion distributors in Dambulla has said that a kilo of Big Onions were priced from Rs. 190 – Rs. 230 before the announcement.

With the importers suddenly increasing prices from Rs. 450 – Rs. 500, businessmen as well the public have been severely inconvenienced, they say.

Noting that it was obvious a mafia was in motion with importers selling already imported Big Onions stocks at a higher price and reaping excessive profits in return, they have called the government to intervene.

They have also warned of a plot set in motion to destroy the local Big Onion farmer in this backdrop.

Meanwhile, leader of the National Consumer Front – Asela Sampath has stated that large stocks of Big Onions have been imported from India after a recent tax.


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