The Cooperatives and Internal Trade Ministry announced that import taxes on several food items have been increased.
The Ministry has said the taxes on big onions, potatoes and garlic have been increased. Taxes on a kilo of big onions have been increased by Rs. 10, potatoes by Rs. 5 and garlic by Rs. 15.
Cooperatives and Internal Trade Minister Johnston Fernando has said the increase in import taxes was aimed at controlling market prices ensuring a fair price for the local farmers.