Fruit and vegetable exports can net $ 1 b in 10 years

  • 15 Aug 2009 03:08:13 GMT

    There are lot of things that the Sri Lankans can do. The problem is the politics and the politicians.

    The most urgent thing that needs to be done is to put an end to corruption, favouritism and nepotism and restore discipline and the spirit of reward for effort. If this is not done, in another 10 years we will hear the same words from another VIP as nothing would have changed.

  • 15 Aug 2009 23:34:01 GMT

    People in Sri Lanka do not get enough fruit or vegetables in their food. I hope this billion dollar business is not going to fill the pockets of some bureaucrats and ending up with malnutrition to the common masses.

  • 16 Aug 2009 14:19:41 GMT

    [These were aimed at developing and supporting the local agricultural sector. The country needs to be directed towards an integrated agricultural policy to derive the maximum benefits. Poverty is not a major challenge any more, he said.]

    Sri Lanka having tropical weather all year around is a perfect place for the agricultural sector... I think this plan should be put into action... but Gamma is correct this should first benefit the common masses first... but Sri Lanka can make this industry flourish... I hope they will improve the grapes industry that once flourished in Jaffna and other parts of the North of SL.....

    also I hope the GOSL have a special program to encourage normal households to grow their own vegetables and fruits in their back yards ... this kind of program should take place.. and it should not only be limited to the suburbs of SL but even in the city this kind of thing is possible....

  • 16 Aug 2009 22:38:46 GMT

    Spets..

    [but Sri Lanka can make this industry flourish... I hope they will improve the grapes industry that once flourished in Jaffna and other parts of the North of SL..... ]

    Yes you are right. This will help farmers.

    Also Sri Lanka should have a national policy on imports and exports of agricultural products to protect growers as well as consumers.