Cabinet paper tabled to keep commodities stable for three months

Trade Minister Bandula Gunawardena stated in Parliament today (05) that a cabinet paper has been tabled to keep the prices of several essential commodities stable for the next three months (May, June and July).

During February, March and April, prices of several essential commodities such as dhal and sprats remained stable without any shortage, the Minister said.

The Minister pointed out that the Co-operative Wholesale Establishment (CWE) was distributing goods islandwide at low prices and that the daily income of the CWE exceeded Rs. 100 million, earning between Rs. 300 and Rs. 400 million per day for the first time in its history from April 1 to 13.

He also mentioned that the closure of the Dambulla Economic Center last week was due Covid-19 situation in the country, which happened for the first time in the history of Sri Lanka. The Minister also pointed out that there was a risk of rising commodity prices in the country due to the reduction in the supply chain in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic

The Minister also called on all members of the Opposition to help save the country from the Covid-19 issue without political divisions and to move the economy forward without locking down the country.