These traders bring in coconuts to Pettah to be sold to retailers from Rs. 15 to Rs. 25 a nut. The retailers in turn sells a nut from anything between Rs. 35 and Rs. 40. “Coconut growers charge exuberent prices for the coconuts because they say it is sold in Colombo at high prices. Retailers refuse to buy the nuts at our prices and we are forced to meet their terms because of the perishable nature of the goods. We spend about Rs. 2000 on fuel to come to Pettah. We are lucky if we make a profit of Rs. 1000,” one of them said.
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