Apr 08, Colombo: The government has launched a program to purchase a kilo of pepper at Rs. 800 from the farmers under the guidance of the State Ministry of Development of Minor Crops including Sugarcane, Maize, Cashew and Pepper.
According to the State Ministry, prior to the government's intervention, middlemen bought a kilo of pepper at prices of 300 and 400 rupees.
The government has taken steps to purchase a kilo of pepper at Rs. 800, drawing attention to the difficulties faced by pepper growers in many parts of the country.
Under the program, more than 5,000 kilos of pepper have been purchased in Embilipitiya, Kolonna and other areas on Wednesday alone at a cost of Rs. 4 million.
State Minister of Minor Crop development Janaka Wakkumbura was also present at the occasion. Earlier, under the program, pepper crops were purchased in the Meemure area, at Rs. 800 per kilo.