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Sri Lanka to produce thriposha requirement

The thriposha requirement - 18,000 metric tons will be produced in Sri Lanka by mid next year.

Only 13,000 metric tons are produced in Sri Lanka. The factory was taken over by the government in September last year and a significant progress has been witnessed since then, Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena said.


Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena with WFP Representative and Country Director Aanan Khan. Picture by Rukmal Gamage

During an inspection tour Minister Sirisena pointed out the importance of training workers. Earlier the factory was run by a private company.

Sirisena thanked World Food Programme (WFP) for assisting the factory to increase the thriposha production.

Initially, the WFP is to supply machinery and equipment worth Rs. 68.5 million to the thriposha factory to address the urgent replacement of 30 year old machinery to ensure uninterrupted Thriposha production.

The cost of these machinery and equipment are jointly funded by the WFP and Lions Club of Italy.

The WFP also supports strengthening the production capacity of thriposha by providing Rs. five million to the MOH to produce an automated packing machine.

Thriposha is a fortified blended food supplement which contains energy, proteins and required micronutrients, given free to the most nutritionally vulnerable segments of the population under the national nutrition programme.

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