Thriposha factory under Govt
The Health Ministry has taken measures to improve the total
production capacity of Thriposha Manufacturing Company to 100 percent
while strengthening the government program to distribute Thriposha free
to pregnant mothers and children suffering from under nutrition.
Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena
tasting Thriposha being made in the company when he
participated at a ceremony to take over Thriposha Company to
the Health Ministry. Picture by Samantha Dissanayake
This company operated under the Ceylon Tobacco Company was taken over
by the Health Ministry administration last Friday. It resumed work
yesterday as Sri Lanka Thriposha Limited Company.
About 1.5 million Thriposha packets are monthly manufactured by this
company and this is 60 percent of the total production capacity. About
10,000 metric tonnes of maize and 8,000 metric tonnes of Soya Beans are
required annually as the ingredients. In addition minerals, vitamins and
milk powder are also used in the production.
The government spends about Rs 1,250 million to produce Thriposha.
This company distributes Thriposha freely to about 750,000 pregnant
mothers and children.
Addressing the occasion Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena noted
that SLFP governments always came forward to protect the national assets
in the country,” he said.
“Corporations comprising ordinary people were established under S W R
D Bandaranaike to strengthen the national production process. Sirimavo
Bandaranaike further strengthened it later. During previous regimes the
profit gaining institutions and corporations and national assets were
sold. The present government under President Mahinda Rajapaksa has now
initiated to take over them back to the government,” he said.