'Road Map' to solve fruit and vegetable sector issues
The workshop on 'Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Standards and
export of fresh fruits and vegetables to the European Union (EU)' for
Food and Drug Inspectors (FDIs), exporters, processors and relevant
stakeholders' concluded recently in Colombo.
A committee consisting of all stakeholders was formed under the
leadership of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (CCC) to develop a 'Road
Map' to help resolve prevailing issues in the fruit and vegetable sector
in Sri Lanka.
Several presentations were made by local and international experts at
the interactive workshop. Former head of the National Plant Quarantine
Service of the Department of Agriculture, Yahajeewa de Silva, an expert
on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Standards said it was important to adopt
quarantine measures. He highlighted the economic damage the country will
face with the introduction of pests from abroad. De Silva said the
International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC), helps secure common
and effective action to prevent the spread and introduction of pests of
plants and plant products and promote appropriate measures to control
An ITC consultant Huub Stoetzer spoke on 'Exports of fruits and
vegetables to the European Union'. He also spoke on the legislative
needs for exporting fruits and vegetables to the European Union.
Research officer, Registrar of Pesticides Office, Dr. Sumith Jayakody
said steps should be taken to reduce the misuse of pesticides and manage
He listed the pesticides banned in Sri Lanka and the maximum residue
levels (MRL) and ways and means of reducing the use of pesticides by
adopting Good Agricultural Practices and resorting to Integrated Pest
Management (IPM) to control pests.
An ITC Adviser, Ms. Ludovica Ghizzoni made a presentation on the 'ITC
Standards Map, a comparative analysis and a review of voluntary
Research Officer, Food Research Unit, Department of Agriculture, Ms.
Anoma Senarathne said that a large volume of fruits and vegetables
produced at present was wasted as a result of poor post-harvest
T. Bambaradeniya of Rajarata Ellawala Horticulture Farm, which is
adopting global Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) Standards and Channa
Madawala of Nidro Supply (Pvt) Limited, a fresh fruit and vegetable
exporting company made presentations on practical issues and challenges
in exporting fruits and vegetables.