Coconut industry, a boon to economy
Coconut Development Authority Chairman Aruna Gunawardena said that Rs
48 billion has been earned from the coconut industry within the past
eight months and Rs. 70 billion is expected by the end of this year.
There is a huge demand for coconut products in most of the countries.
People have so many benefits from coconut water, coconut shell,
kernal and coconut husk.
Programs will be held to make the people aware of the benefits from
the coconut, the Chairman said.
There is a big demand for Sri Lankan coconut products in China,
Europe and the Western European countries. Within a short period Russian
market can also be captured, he said. Coconut water is an energetic
drink. There is a huge demand for coconut water in foreign countries.
Plans are afoot to introduce Information Technology in the coconut
industry. Steps will be taken to encourage the coconut farmers Under a
loan scheme, Gunawardena said.