Fruit, vegetable exporters welcome:
Cargo village for perishable goods
The move to set up facilities at the Cargo Village at the
Bandaranaike International Airport will be a major boost to the fruit
and vegetable exporters in the country. The state-of-the-art facility
will enable to overcome a stumbling block in the past where the safety
of perishable goods was a huge problem the sector faced, Fruit and
Vegetable Exporters, Producers, Processors Association Secretary Zuraish
Hashim told Daily News Business.
The agricultural sector aims at achieving an export value of Rs 10
billion by 2020 and the necessary support extended by the Government is
encouraging to achieve this target.
The steps taken to ensure the availability of land for mass
cultivation is timely and this would result in low cost of production.
The products could be given to end-user at an affordable price for
their advantage, he said.
The Government has decided to extend the fertilizer subsidy to all
other agriculture related sectors to enhance and assist them. This would
stimulate the farmer community to expand on their cultivation and
increase production. The reduction of interest rates has also help the
sector immensely as the high cost of finance was a drawback, Hashim
The Association has embarked on a few projects that are earmark for
the current year for the benefit of the sector. The main aim is to
establish couple of clusters to enable the rural farmers to engage in
cultivation in an organize manner that would bring down the cost to the
The Association has become the main focal point of the agricultural
sector in Sri Lanka.
This is proven by the surge of new members and farming clusters
joining in achieving our desired goals, he said.
The export fraternity has seen an improvement from the end of last
year in our major export markets where Maldives has bounced back from
the recession and the Gulf and European markets slowly progressing back
“This would enable the sector to perform better this year,” he said.