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Certified price for pepper – Daya

Primary industries minister Daya Gamage says a certified price will be introduced for pepper within two weeks and a mechanism will be in place to purchase the produce through the government.

The minister made the announcement to the media at the Government Information Department a day after farmers staged a protest at Pallebedda in Embilipitiya yesterday alleging declining prices.

He assured that no injustice would be allowed for the farmers, and said the opposition misled the people into staging such protests.

Mr. Gamage said one company was permitted to import pepper from Vietnam to add value and re-export only.

That company has imported 500 tons and so far has re-exported 220 tons, he said, adding the imported pepper was not released to the local market.

He went onto say that the steps taken successfully by his ministry to promote pepper cultivation have resulted in an increased production.

Farmers will be educated regularly on the pepper market as well, he added.

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