The Government has increased the import tax on one kilogram of potatoes by Rs. 30 whilst increasing the import levy on one kilogram of maize by Rs. 20.
Accordingly, the total import levy imposed on a kilogram of potatoes is Rs. 50, while that of a kilogram of maize is Rs. 20.
Minister of Agriculture P. Harrison said the levy on imported potatoes was increased to help the local farmer as potato crops from Jaffna and other districts will enter the market soon.