Boosting local sugar production
The Ministry of Sugar Industry Development has taken steps to develop
Kantale, Hingurana, Sevanagala and Pelwatta Sugar factories to boost
local production up to 40 percent of the annual sugar requirement of the
country, by 2020, the Sugar Industry Development Ministry sources said.
Accordingly 27,567 hectares of land belonging to Kantale, Hingurana,
Sevanagala and Pelwatta Sugar Industries will be leased out for 99 years
to Lanka Sugar Co. (Pvt.) Ltd, the sources said.
The Kantale Sugar factory will be modernised with assistance from the
Czech Republic. Blocks of cultivable lands will be allocated to farmers
for sugarcane cultivation by entering into contracts with them to