The Minister of Trade Bandula Gunawardena has requested the public to cultivate anything in their backyards as it is difficult to control the prices of goods at this time.
It is difficult to control prices at this time because there is a shortage of goods in the world market and in the Sri Lankan market. If there is a price control when there is a shortage there will be a huge black market price. Therefore, the only thing that can be done to prevent this situation is for the government to intervene and make the market competitive.
We have proposed to launch an Accelerated Cultivation Program to provide a few chili plants, a brinjal plant, a spinach vine and other things that can bear fruit in a short period of time in every one of our homes so that they can bear fruit during the Sinhala New Year. Plant something in your own backyard, in this January. Increasing production is the only answer to this problem of the cost of living. “
Minister Bandula Gunawardena stated this while expressing his views to the media in Thambuththegama yesterday (25).