Value added touch for minerals
COLOMBO: The Ministry of Environment has decided to depart
from the lengthy practice of exporting the country's mineral resources
as raw material and instead go for the value added product.
Environment Minister Champika Ranawaka said yesterday that a number
of minerals, including phosphate, silicon and iron ore, currently
exported as raw material, would be stopped in keeping with the new plan.
He told the Daily News that his Ministry planned to create a
background for larger industrial prospects by using the country's
mineral resources for value added exports.
"This will be one of the most important programmes as far as the
Environment Ministry is concerned under the Government's 10-Year
Development Plan," he said.
"However, I plan to do my best to serve the public within the next
three years before the end of the tenure of this Parliament in three
years," the Minister said.
Ranawaka said the programme was aimed at making the best use of the
country's mineral resources to make the best possible profits for the
He said it has been assessed that sending of these minerals as value
added products would boost the country's economy.
Dwelling on the problems associated with the city's solid waste
management, Rananwaka said this was one of the key areas that was on the
He said steps would be taken from March, where they plan to introduce
the Ministry's Waste Disposal Project, to address this issue.
"I have seen garbage mountains at Mt. Lavinia, Attidiya, Wattala and
on Bloemendhal Road. All this is because of illegal garbage dumping," he
Steps will be taken to introduce land filling techniques against this
problem, he said.
"Most garbage related problems are associated with water. This should
be stopped at once. I plan to introduce a policy in this aspect," he
He said new regulations would be introduced to prevent air pollution.
New methodologies will be introduced to reduce sulphur content and other
chemical contents emitted through the smoke from belching vehicles, he