The Coconut mafia has been shattered. Consumers now have the opportunity of purchasing coconut at low prices.
A massive programme is already in place for the provision of coconuts at reduced rates via the Coconut Development Ministry. It is being mooted under the mediation of Minister Jagath Pushpakumara.
It was last Friday that the programme of selling coconuts at reduced rates to consumers in Colombo and the suburbs was launched via the Self Employed Federation. There is a good response from the consumers to this programme. They are displaying a keen enthusiasm in buying coconuts from Traders of this federation.
It is the view of traders who sell coconuts at high prices that they are facing difficulties with the launch of this new programme by the Coconut Development Ministry. Consumers query as to why they should spend more in buying coconuts when these are available at low prices.
The Coconut Development Ministry has been able to make a strong impact on the Coconut market.