The Nuwara Eliya Economic Centre has been closed today after area farmers had refused to sell their produce.
Speaking to media, President of the All Ceylon Joint Economic Centers Aruna Shantha Hettiarachchi said farmers have refused to sell their produce as a mark of protest since authorities had refused to provide them with necessary chemical fertiliser stocks and other chemical required for farming.
They claim harvests have reduced considerably since they have been prevented from using chemical fertiliser.
Aruna Shantha Hettiarachchi noted that the Nuwara Eliya Economic Centre could be closed completely in future if the current situation continues.
He said the Manning Market which usually receives 2.5 million kilograms of produce daily receives only about 500,000kg at present.
The President of the All Ceylon Joint Economic Centers also noted that the Dambulla Economic Centre which is one of the main centres in the country receives nearly 2.5 to 3 million kilograms of produce on a day, but the centre also receives only limited stocks.
He said due to the refusal of farmers to sell their produce, even the bigger stalls in Nuwara Eliya have been shut.
Aruna Shantha Hettiarachchi claimed this will lead to a major crisis, and in a few months more economic centres could be forced to suspend operations.
Meanwhile, prices of low-country and up-country vegetables are continuing to increase at a steady rate.
Traders say majority of the vegetables are being sold for over Rs. 400 a kilogram.
They also say due to the increase in prices, they are facing difficulties to sell the limited stocks of vegetables.