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Crash program necessary to uplift standards :

Govt mulls 88 percent tea production from smallholders

The Government plans to get tea smallholders to contribute 88 percent of the total national tea production. It is necessary to commence a crash program to uplift the standards of cultivation among tea smallholders, said Plantation Industries Minister, D.M. Jayaratne.

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Proper mechanism needed to collect raw materials:

Big demand for non-kernel coconut products in Europe

There is a big demand for non-kernel coconut products (husk-based) especially for activated carbon in many countries in Europe. Therefore there should be a proper mechanism to collect the non-kernel raw materials for the industry, said the Chairman of the Coconut Development Authority (CDA), Keerthi Sri Weerasinghe.

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Comment:

A boost for the economy

The conflict in the North and the East, which drained our economic resources to a great extent, is finally over. For the first time in 30 years funds, which could have been otherwise diverted to the war effort are being channelled for development.

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North Sails manufactures boat covers, accessories, flags, composites and other marine and sports related products for the USA and Europe. It has provided over 950 job opportunities for Sri Lankan youth. Here a technician gives the final touches for a boat cover at the factory in the Biyagama Export Processing Zone. Pic by: Sumanachandra Ariyawansa



 
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