Asela Sampath, President of the National Consumer Front, has requested the Minister of Trade, Nalin Fernando, to investigate the unexpected increase in the price of vegetables in the market before preparing for the upcoming presidential election.
He said that the prices of vegetables in Dambulla and Nuwara Eliya areas have suddenly increased and the increase in prices has reached a level that the consumers cannot afford, so there has been a situation where vegetables cannot be sold in the local market.
“According to the prices of Paliyagoda New Manning Market, the price of one kilogram of carrot is Rs. 2,000. 800 rupees per kilo of green chillies is increased yp to Rs. 1200, a 1 kg of kakiri costs Rs. 300 and a 1 kilo of pumpkin Rs. 300 ,” he said.
The National Consumer Front requests the Trade Minister Bandula Gunawardena to look into the sudden rise in the price of vegetables in the local market and provide prompt solutions to price control.
Asking consumers to stop buying vegetables at higher prices, Asela Sampath asked traders to stop bringing vegetables at higher prices for at least a week to break this mafia.