Sri Lanka turmeric import ban set to continueChristian Fernsby ▼ | August 28, 2020
According to Sri Lankan officials, the import ban on turmeric is set to continue as the government aims to encourage local production of the crop.
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As it stands, the import ban has sent prices skyrocketing, which the government hopes will support local cultivators. However, the Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) has stepped in to impose a maximum retail price of 4 U.S. dollars per kg of turmeric.
Minister of Trade Dr. Bandula Gunawardena said the government would not relent on a total ban of turmeric imports for general market consumption but may ease restrictions for re-export after consultation with local businesses.
In the meantime, Sri Lankan security forces have been engaged in a series of operations to crack down on smugglers bringing turmeric into the country by boat from neighboring India. ■