The permit of the private company which imported big onions sans any standard, putting cultivators in several areas into jeopardy, has been revoked.
These seeds had been cultivated in an area spanning about 133 hectares in areas such as Dambulla, Kimbissa and Devahuwa. As such big onion cultivators experienced dire hardships. Minister Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena has appointed a committee consisting of experts to look into the issue. Based on the findings of the Committee it has been determined that the Rampur Red and Rampur Rose big onion strains imported from India are sub-standard. The Company concerned had imported about 1000 kilograms of this particular seed onion.
The Inquiry Report pointed out that as a result the country would be deprived of 1900 tons of the big onion production expected during the Yala season. The Agricultural Ministry has requested the Consumer Services Authority to institute legal action against this Company under the Consumer Services Act.